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Meet the Staff of Student Rights and Responsibilities

JaWana Green, Assistant Dean of Students/Director SRR

JaWana Green, Hearing Officer

JaWana serves as a Hearing Officer for Student Rights and Responsibilities.

JaWana earned her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Prairie View A&M University. Following undergraduate work, JaWana continued her studies at Prairie View A&M University and received a Masters Degree in Counseling.

Why did you choose to work at SIU?
Southern Illinois University has a commitment to each student and a mission that promotes intellectual and social benefits, while promoting individuality. Having the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of students was a chance I could not allow to pass me by. Each day bring new situations just as it offers new opportunities, so I try to share that encouragement with anyone I encounter.

What do you enjoy most about working with students?
Having the opportunity to work with students from various backgrounds and dealing with different personalities brings so much to my office. No two days are exactly the same and I appreciate that! I have the opportunity to work with students who might be misunderstood, ignored, or feel their voice is not heard. It is that chance that I take to share resources and provide advice to those student.

If you could give one piece of advice to students, what would it be?
Be yourself! It sounds cliché, however it is true. One should think, who can be a better me than me. People conform to what they believe others will appreciate and respect causing them to miss the little, yet important things in life.

Zach Reed, Hearing Officer

Zach Reed, Hearing Officer

Zach serves as a Hearing Officer for Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Zach earned his Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and his Master’s degree in Higher Education Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Zach has also completed advanced training in Title IX Investigations and Conflict Mediation.

Why did you choose to work at SIU?
SIU is a great school with a beautiful campus and a diverse student body. Why wouldn’t you want to work here?

What do you enjoy most about working with students?
The college experience is such an amazing part of your life, and one that is unique for everyone. I think just seeing their passion and watching them grow is what I enjoy the most about working in higher education. My hope is that they have a great time here at SIU, and leave with some amazing memories.

If you could give one piece of advice to students, what would it be?
Talk! Say hello to your classmates. Start study groups. Talk to your instructors after class and visit them during office hours. Get to know your academic advisor so that your conversations are about more than just what classes you want to take. Talk about what you are passionate about. Talk about where you would like to see yourself in ten years. Push fear aside and participate in class. Change the world.

Dr. Sylvia Gray, Hearing Officer

Sylvia Gray, Hearing Officer

Sylvia serves as a Hearing Officer for Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Sylvia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her first Master’s degree in Health and Human Performance, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Following her time at UT Chattanooga, Sylvia continued her studies at Arkansas Tech University where she earned her second Master's in Education with a concentration in College Student Personnel. Sylvia has also earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration Higher Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Why did you choose to work at SIU?
Southern Illinois University is attractive as a research institution with scholars who are excelling in their fields. In addition, while SIU is a predominantly White institution, it also has an established minority and international enrollment which allows administrators the opportunity to actively engage with various cultures, traditions, belief systems, and ethnicities. SIU is also a family institution in that it offers housing and services for Non-Traditional students who have large families. Finally, SIU is conveniently located near Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky; all places where opportunities for fun, food, and adventure exist. Not to mention, SIU is only 3 hours away from my own home (Memphis), family and friends. Thus, I chose SIU to earn my PhD and become a research scholar. I also chose SIU to work with Non-Traditional, minority and international students, learn to support students with families, and grow in my professional trajectory as a scholar and administrator.

What do you enjoy most about working with students?
I am a person who enjoys one on one mentorship, particularly with students who are negatively labeled in some way. It is even more fulfilling when those same students excel against the odds. SIU has fed this interest by giving me the opportunity to work in SIU’s Dean of Student’s department in student affairs administration as well as teach within the College of Education and Human Services. When I work one on one with a student, I am able to get to know their character and their intentions. When I am able to build relationships with students, I am able to meet those students where they are and walk with them the rest of the way. I enjoy being part of the life journey of someone who could not see their potential until they received assistance with their vision.

If you could give one piece of advice to students, what would it be?
Every time you act or open your mouth, you are auditioning for leadership. The world is watching. Best Wishes!

Mary Tyler, Office Manager

Mary has worked in Student Rights and Responsibilities for the past 20 years. Mary is responsible for the supervision of the student workers in the office, as well as scheduling conduct hearings.