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Deshawn Mcgarrity Joins Clarkson As The Director Of The Higher Education Opportunity Program

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Deshawn N. McGarrity has been appointed Clarkson University’s director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), a New York State-funded program that provides equal access to higher education for "educationally and economically" disadvantaged students in the state.mcgarrity

McGarrity brings a number of professional and leadership experiences to her new position.  Most recently, she served as director of both multicultural affairs and the educational opportunity program at Schenectady County Community College.

McGarrity received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from SUNY Potsdam, with a minor in women’s studies. She also holds a master’s degree in women’s studies from SUNY Albany.

HEOP at Clarkson helps students meet their financial needs and offers them extensive services, including mentoring and tutoring, that boost academic success. Eligible HEOP students receive full-need financial aid packages for up to 10 semesters while at Clarkson.

HEOP is one of Clarkson's Pipeline Programs that provide academic, cultural and social support for under-represented students in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. By integrating efforts at the pre-collegiate, undergraduate and graduate levels, it assists African American, Hispanic, and Native American students, as well as economically disadvantaged or first-generation college students.

Using a series of programs, pathways and partnerships, Pipeline connects a variety of institutional resources. These include community colleges, national laboratories, federal and state agencies, foundations and corporations, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic American Colleges and Universities, and American Indian Tribal Colleges and Universities.
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