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Michael Tadesse-Bell

Academic Success Coach, Director of Student Persistence and Mentorship Programs

Areas of Interest:

  • First Generation College Students
  • Student-Athletes:
  • Eligibility
  • Successful transitions into University
  • College Success for Student-Athletes Course
  • Peer Advising
  • Faculty/Staff Training
  • Career/internship opportunities linked to major course curriculum
  • Student-Athlete Faculty/Staff Mentor Program
Year Started at USF: 2008
Hometown: Los Angeles (City of Angels)


  • BS, Business Administration, University of San Francisco
  • MA, Sport Management, University of San Francisco

Professional Memberships:

  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

Fun facts:

  1. I love music and everything is a song to me.
  2. I am one of the most competitive people in the world.
  3. I love sports but specifically basketball and football.
  4. I am a former member of USF Men's Basketball team.
  5. I was named after the King of Pop "Michael Jackson".
  6. I am one of 14 siblings.
  7. Favorite sports teams:

  • Basketball - LA Lakers
  • Football - San Francisco 49ers
  • Baseball - LA Dodgers

Community Service Involvement:

  • First Graduate - San Francisco based college access program that helps students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college.

Why I became an Academic Adviser:

  • I've always believed in paying your blessings forward because you can never truly pay them back.

Advice to students:

  • Work hard for what you want and there is nothing you can't achieve.

Contact me:

Email: Michael Bell
Phone: (415) 422-2925
Visit me during Office Hours!