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Norris “EJ” Edney III, Ed.D.

Director 

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ej8@olemiss.edu

 

 

EJ Edney graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology, in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Higher Education/ Student Personnel, and in 2019 with his Doctor of Education in Higher Education. 

EJ’s work and research focuses on mentoring and its capacity to affect issues of equity and access for marginalized student groups. His work has received numerous awards including the Donald Cole Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2016) from the University of Mississippi Black Student Union and the Laws Innovation Award from the University of Mississippi School of Education (2018). 

EJ has worked in various areas on campus, which have provided him a broad set of experiences. Prior to joining the CICCE staff, EJ served as Program Coordinator for the Luckyday Scholarship Success Program and as a Coordinator for National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities. EJ’s professional experiences have helped to galvanize his passion for supporting and promoting equitable access to student success. As such, he has been a consistent fixture on numerous committees and working groups assembled to approach issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

EJ is a mentor, scholar, educator, and leader.  He is also a proud father to Norris “Rocky” Edney IV and Nora Eden Edney and life partner to Adrienne Edney. 


Sarah Piñón, M.S.Ed

Assistant Director for Cross Cultural Engagement & Programming

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spinon@olemiss.edu

 

 

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Prior to joining the CICCE team, Sarah worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Fraternity & Sorority Life Specialist, a Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at Western Technical College, and an Admissions Counselor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, cooking and eating, playing basketball and ultimate frisbee, trivia, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new places.


Lauren Jones, M.A.

Assistant Director for Retention, Mentoring & Student Engagement

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ldj@olemiss.edu

 

 

Lauren Jones graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership and in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Personnel.

Prior to joining the CICCE team, Lauren worked in several capacities at the University of Mississippi. She worked as an Academic Mentor with the FASTrack Learning Community and as an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Admissions. She also worked at the University of South Carolina in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment and Outreach.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, traveling, and watching Ole Miss sporting events.


Karrye Tynes, M.Ed.

Assistant Director for Access and Recruiting Initiatives

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karrye@olemiss.edu

 

Karrye Tynes graduated from The University of Mississippi in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and received her Master of Education in Counselor Education in 2014 from Delta State University.  

Prior to joining the CICCE team, Karrye served at Northeast Mississippi Community College as a Student Services Counselor for seven years. She also worked as an adjunct instructor in the Social/Behavioral Sciences Division and Test Coordinator for the National and On-Campus ACT. 

Karrye and her husband, Bryant, have two children: Braxton and Bryce. In her free time, she enjoys doing nails, outdoor cycling, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and singing at church. 


Jamese Marshall

Administrative Coordinator 

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Jamese graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Health and Human Services.  Jamese has one son Christopher; and in her free time, she enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies, trying new places to eat, as well as hunting and fishing.


Bréanna Foreman

UM Pathway IMPACT Program Graduate Assistant

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Breanna graduated from Old Dominion University in August of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a double-minor in Exercise Science and Health and Wellness.  During her undergraduate career, Breanna was involved in a variety of leadership, wellness, and student engagement opportunities.  She worked in the fields of wellness and behavioral therapy for less than two years when she relocated to Oxford, Mississippi.

She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Public Health and is expected to complete her degree in May of 2022.  Breanna also teaches group fitness classes in the South Campus Recreation Center.  She currently serves on the following advisory boards for the University of Mississippi Graduate School: Mental Health and Well-being; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her goal is to work in the private sector of Public Health on projects focused on at-risk communities through DEI and urban planning initiatives.  She plans to return to her roots of student wellness and higher education at some point in her career.

In her personal time, Breanna enjoys being active, trying new restaurants, watching movies, and attending game nights with friends and family.


 

Yakia McKinnie

 Graduate Assistant for Access and Recruiting Initiatives 

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Yakia graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Studies and a minor in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, Yakia was involved in various roles throughout campus centered in student engagement and leadership.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health and is expected to complete her degree in May of 2023. During this time, she plans to focus her interests on health policy and administration while using her position in this department to analyze the health disparities present within the underrepresented communities of college campuses.

During her personal time, Yakia enjoys cooking, spending time with family and friends, and watching new movies.


Thomas Lee

 Graduate Assistant for Academic Excellence and Student Support Services 

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Thomas Lee graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Arabic & Political Science in May 2021. During his time in Oxford, Thomas was involved with various organizations, including Chi Psi Fraternity (where he served as President for two years) and the University of Mississippi Undergraduate Research Journal! Additionally, Thomas co-founded DaisNotes, a mobile application designed to help college students get connected with classmates both inside and outside of the classroom.

Thomas currently is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications. In his free time, Thomas volunteers at Mississippi Boys State to encourage young men to get involved in their communities through government service and likes to travel abroad any moment he gets the opportunity.


Erin Geist

 Graduate Assistant for Cross Cultural Engagement & Programming

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Erin graduated from the University of Mississippi in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Spanish with a minor in Intelligence and Security Studies. Erin spent a semester in Valparaíso, Chile to develop her undergraduate thesis on the Chilean perception of the economic and identity threat posed by Haitian and Venezuelan immigrants. Throughout her undergraduate career, Erin tutored students in Spanish and worked for the Department of Student Housing.

Erin is currently pursuing a Masters in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Policy & Practice and is expected to complete her degree in May of 2022. Erin’s interests include researching marginalized populations and their experiences within the criminal justice system, such as police treatment of undocumented immigrants, gender biases in sexual assault investigations, and excessive use of force during protests. Her future plans include obtaining her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, becoming a professor, and conducting research on these subjects in hopes to influence policymaking.


 

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