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FSC Graduate Assistant

SIU First Saluki Center Peer Mentor Alanah RosasAlanah Rosas

Hey everyone, my name is Alanah Rosas and I am from Calumet City, IL which is a south suburb near Chicago. I am the first to receive my high school diploma and a bachelor's degree in my family. I recently graduated in December 2019 with a B.A in Psychology and two minors: Sociology and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. I am now a part of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program here at SIU. Not only do I enjoy face to face interaction, but I also like engaging in different activities to get people involved and comfortable. With that being said, I am a part of the Southern Illinois community-based radio station, WDBX. My show is titled "LateNightsW/Lani" and you can stream it live every Saturday night from 12-2 am. I also have my own plant-based food business. As a counselor in training, we have to be versatile within ourselves and understand that not everyone is comfortable in the same setting as the last person. I am honored to be a part of the First Generation Salukis to help individuals out there like myself to reach their full potential.

FSC Peer Tutor

SIU Ashlyn HenrieAshlyn Henrie

Hello! My name is Ashlyn Henrie and I am from Overland Park, Kansas. Currently, I am studying biomedical engineering and plan to attend medical school after graduating from SIU. Here at SIU, I participate on the green roof team and the women’s soccer team.

I am excited to continue to get involved through First Saluki Center and continue to branch out into the SIU community. I love to spend my free time on campus enjoying walks around the lake, going to the local farmers market where I often buy more houseplants, and studying at coffee shops.


Tutoring Subjects:

  • MATH 101 (Contemporary Math)
  • MATH 108 (College Algebra)
  • MATH 109 (Trigonometry and Geometry)
  • MATH 140 (Calculus)
  • CHEM 201 (Gen. Chemistry Lab 1)

Peer Mentor Success Stories

Read the success stories of some of the First Saluki Center's peer mentors. 


SIU First Saluki Center Kendell Godina

Kendell Godina

I am from Joliet, Illinois. I have three brothers and no sisters. Neither of my parents, siblings, or any of my immediate family attended college or obtained a bachelor’s degree besides me. I have always enjoyed going to school and learning new things. I never really thought about college until my junior year of high school. I dreamed of going to a HBCU until I came across SIU. I am always grateful every day that I chose this university to further my education. Being a first-generation student, I have come across many opportunities that allow me to advance in my career. I am an RA for Neely Hall. I am currently majoring in psychology and I have a double minor in criminal justice/criminology and Spanish. I have a focus on behavioral treatment in children and adolescence, who are specifically in the criminal justice system. My main goal is to be able to provide free therapy in low-income areas for both English and Spanish speakers. I truly enjoy helping others no matter what the situation may be.


SIU Leah Hall

Leah Hall

I am a Senior at SIU majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Agribusiness. I went to high school here in Carbondale, so I have a lot of inside info to share! Before becoming a peer mentor, I spent two years as a Resident Assistant for Neely Hall which has taught me even more about the inner workings of SIU and how to get the most out of my time as a Saluki thanks to programs like Trio SSS and the McNair Scholars Program. In my free time I enjoy art, thrifting, and socializing with friends. Keep an eye out for me at the home football games cheering on our team as a Saluki Dazzler! Go Dawgs!


SIU Tadzia Lee

Tadzia Lee

My name is Tadzia Lee, I am from Oswego Illinois and am a first-generation student pursing a degree in Public Relations with hopes of reinforcing inclusivity within the media. My goal is to help students feel welcomed and promote equality.


SIU TJ Martin

TJ Martin

My name is TJ Martin and I am from Bartlett,TN. I am currently a junior majoring in mechanical engineering.  I am the youngest of three and a first generation student. I have always been interested in STEM and upon visiting SIU my senior year I fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere. I was uncertain of my ability to function in college and as a young adult. Fast forward and I have become a NSBE senator and I'm thriving in my life here. I'm hoping that I can provide encouragement and advice to my future mentees as they navigate their first year of college.