Graduate Assistants

Jasmine Hardy

Jasmine Hardy

Jasmine Hardy is a graduate assistant serving as an Academic Coach for the Rinella Learning Center. Within her role as a coach, she provides guidance and support to students seeking better skills and strategies to achieve academic success and navigate other aspects of the university. She also holds responsibilities for instructing EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success and facilitating academic workshops in the fall and spring semesters. Jasmine earned her bachelor’s degree from Miami University in 2011 as a Sports Studies major with a concentration in Management and Leadership. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE). Jasmine aspires to become a student affairs professional upon the completion of her program. Her interests include athletics, student development/success, first-year initiatives, and diversity/inclusion initiatives.

Email: hardyji@miamioh.edu 

Kevin Lema

Kevin Lema

Collaborative Learning Initiatives (CLI)

Kevin Lema serves as a graduate assistant at the Rinella Learning Center (RLC). Under RLC’s Collaborative Learning Initiatives (CLI), Kevin assists in supervising, training, and hiring for the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. His responsibilities also include instructing EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success, facilitating academic success workshops, and providing academic coaching to students. In 2018, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Religious Studies from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) at Miami University. Kevin aspires to be a student affairs professional in the near future and has interests in student success, academic advising, career/pre-professional advising, and academic support.

Email: lemaviko@miamioh.edu 

Bobby Lith

Bobby Lith

Bobby Lith is a graduate assistant who provides individualized support as an Academic Coach with the Rinella Learning Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach, with emphases in nonverbal communication, interviewing theory and techniques, and qualitative research methods. He is working toward earning his master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University. His research interests include non-traditional student pathways, andragogical learning theories, and college access, bridge, and transition programming. He loves visual and performance art and sees culinary art as a way of creating a connection through cuisine.

Email: litha@miamioh.edu 

Valerie Olivares

Valerie Olivares

Valerie Olivares is a graduate assistant serving as an Academic Coach for the Rinella Learning Center. Through academic coaching, she provides guidance as students navigate the University system, develop and monitor progress toward appropriate goals, and make thoughtful decisions about their education. Additionally, she helps students develop effective organizational skills, learning strategies, and time management techniques. Valerie also teaches a section of EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success to help students develop greater awareness of their thought processes, study behaviors, and learning strategies. Valerie earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration: Management from California State University, Chico. Currently, she is working toward her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE). Upon the completion of her degree, she aspires to be a student affairs professional in an area of interest, which include the following: academic advising, holistic advising, career planning and development, first-generation initiatives, and student support services.

Email: olivarv@miamioh.edu 

Jacqlyn Schott

Jacqlyn Schott

As a graduate assistant for the Rinella Learning Center, Jacqlyn Schott serves as an Academic Coach to provide one-on-one support for students. Along with providing academic guidance like testing and note taking strategies, she also loves connecting those things to having success in other areas outside of the classroom. Jacqlyn has always been passionate about helping others and guiding them along their journeys which is why she’s very excited to be obtaining her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) here at Miami University. Though she’s from Fairfield, Ohio, her bachelor degrees in English (Literary Studies and Creative Writing concentrations) and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies came from Otterbein University in the “quiet, peaceful village” of Westerville, Ohio in 2013. Jacqlyn aspires to continue with her passions by working with diversity/inclusion/equity initiatives and incorporating her love for theatre and other “nerdy” pursuits like Dungeons & Dragons into her professional life to make growth and learning more approachable to students.

Email: schottj@miamioh.edu 

Jacinta Spinola

Jacinta Spinola

Jacinta Spinola serves as a graduate assistant in the Rinella Learning Center as an Academic Coach providing one-on-one support for students who need guidance in anything from learning and test-taking strategies to success outside the classroom. Jacinta’s main priority is helping students to achieve their goals, both academically and professionally. She values the connection and relationship that she can build with students along with celebrating their victories, both big and small. Jacinta has made the change from being a high school classroom teacher after obtaining her bachelor’s in Secondary English Education from Miami University in 2013, moving toward being a professional in the collegiate setting as she works to earn her master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion, multiracial students, study abroad, and sexuality education.

Email: spinolja@miamioh.edu 

Bao Wang

Bao Wang

Bao Wang is a graduate assistant in the Rinella Learning Center. His responsibilities as an Academic Coach include providing academic guidance and support to students seeking better strategies to achieve academic success, facilitating academic success workshops, and instructing EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success. Bao is a current master’s degree student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program at Miami University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in China. Before he came to the United States to pursue his master’s degree, he worked as a student affairs practitioner as an academic coordinator of undergraduate and graduate programs and advisor of international students at SYSU for six years. He endeavors to integrate what he learns in the SAHE program with his professional experiences both in the United States and China, and he strives to become a scholarly-practitioner professional in student affairs.

Email: wangb15@miamioh.edu