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One of our teachers leading class during the Summer Upward Bound Program.
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At Upward Bound, students earn credit toward graduation.
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Students take electives,
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and college prep courses.
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Many university instructors teach for Upward Bound,
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Students graduate from our program and attend elite universities
and find success in building community.
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    Janice Dirden-Cook,
    Project Director x2493

    Janice Dirden-Cook has directed the University of San Francisco Upward Bound Trio Project since 1983. During Janice's tenure as Director, she has twice been elected President of WESTOP (Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel). Janice also served as a national representative to the COE (Council for Opportunity in Education.  

    Janice was raised in Los Angeles and attended UC Santa Barbara; she earned a BA in English Literature. Before moving to San Francisco, Janice was a writing instructor for UCSB's Trio Program.




    Darlene Conwell, 
    Associate Director x2854 

    Darlene was raised in East Palo Alto, CA; and is an alumnus of the Stanford University Upward Bound Project.  She graduated from Menlo Atherton High School in Menlo Park, CA and received the Menlo Atherton Police Scholarship Award for Community Service. She then went on to graduate from San Jose State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies.  She obtained her Masters in Educational Technology from the University of San Francisco in December of 2000.  

     Darlene started working for the University of San Francisco Upward Bound Project in the summer of 1984.  During her tenure at USF she became an active member of her Educational Association WESTO
P (Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel).  Darlene was elected President of WESTOP in 2000 and served in that position through 2004.  She has served as chair for various chapter committees, including Professional Development  and Student Leadership Seminars.  She has served on the Board of Directors holding the positions of Professional Development Chair, NoCal Cahpter President and Bylaws Chair and the Chair of the 2002 Annual WESTOP Conference.  Darlene has also served on the Executive Committee for the Council for Opportunity in Education as Secretary of the Board.



 Zen2     Zenaida Nutterfield,
    Counseling Coordinator x2494

    Zenaida Nutterfield has been associated with the USF Upward Bound Program for more than 30 years.

    "Zee" started as a student at Mission High School. She attended Lone Mountain College before Lone Mountain and USF became one university. While Zenaida was a college student, she was a Student Field Advisor, Residential Advisor and Head Residential Advisor.

    After graduating with a BA in Behavioral Sciences, Zenaida became the Project Services Coordinator. In 1979, Zenaida earned an MS in Educational Counseling, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from San Francisco State. 

tamar100     Tamar Powell, 

    Lead STEM Instructor x5447 

    Tamar Powell was raised in Massachusetts and began her career in forensic science and biotechnology on the east coast. Tamar has worked in various crime laboratories in New York, California, and Texas, gaining experience in forensic toxicology and forensic biology. Following a transition into molecular genetics research in the area of hereditary birth defects, Tamar was able to bring her background and experience into the classroom. 

    As a science teacher in Houston, TX, Tamar developed curriculum in the areas of Forensic Science and Advanced Biotechnology. Tamar was the recipient of the NSTA New Science Teachers Academy Fellowship, 2012-2013. As Lead STEM Instructor with the Upward Bound program, Tamar continues to integrate laboratory science and education.

 Kieli-Cropped-A1      Rafiki Cai, 

     Technologist-In-Residence x5315 

    At the birth of the public Internet, Rafiki served as a contributing writer to Black Enterprise and other national magazines.  For several years he served as a chief technologist to Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH organization, as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Tavis Smiley Foundation.

    His academic path has led from the University of Illinois-Urbana to Rutgers University to his master's studies in Community Economic Development (CED) at Southern New Hampshire University.  His current technology interest lies in 'Gamification In The Enterprise' and 'Gaming as New Media for Education and Development of Cultural Values'. 



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