Meet the Team

Come and meet the staff of Horizons Student Support Services! We encourage you to reach out to our staff with any questions you might have.

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Brittany Allensworth

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Brittany is a first generation, Federal Pell Grant recipient, and alumna of Purdue University and Horizons Student Support Services. After graduating from Purdue University with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision and a minor in Psychology, she went on to work in Corporate America as a Human Resources and Talent Acquisition professional for several years before making the decision to return to school. Brittany later graduated with an M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University.

Brittany began her professional higher education career here at Purdue University and served as a College Success Advisor in University Undergraduate Academic Advising. In this role, she worked diligently on the MAAPS Study, an initiative of the University Innovation Alliance funded by a First in the World grant. Brittany used proactive and analytics-based advising to remove academic, personal, and financial barriers to the retention, persistence, and timely graduation of first generation and low-income students. Most recently, Brittany served in the role of Student Support Specialist in the Office of the Dean of Students where she provided support and interventions to students from diverse backgrounds, assessed unique needs, and issued referrals to appropriate campus and community resources.

As a Horizons alumna, Brittany wholeheartedly believes in the positive impact the program has on its students. Her interactions with Horizons staff as a student has fundamentally shaped the ways in which she shows up as a professional. In her role as Assistant Director for Academic Success, she aims to empower students to control their own narratives, celebrate the wins, grow through adversity, and never stop working to become the best versions of themselves.

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Marquetta Strait

Assistant Director
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Marquetta is an alumna of Purdue University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Learning Design and Technology. Much of her professional experiences involved supporting faculty and staff in providing quality learning experiences for K-12 and college students, which includes promoting inclusive excellence. Marquetta recently served four years as a graduate assistant with the Academic Success Center (ASC), supporting students as a course instructor, academic consultant, accountability group developer, facilitator, and graduate coordinator for the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program.

Her prior experiences have also included serving as a project lead and an instructional designer for a $1.5 million grant-funded project to equip K¬-12 in-service educators with blended and online learning preparation in response to the emergency remote learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, initiating and developing the College of Education's Graduate Peer Mentoring Program, and serving as the Co-Director for Purdue's Admissions Call Center.

Continuing to contribute to the growing campus community on diversity, equity, and inclusion matters is essential to her practice. This form of advocacy has extended to supporting the recruitment and retention efforts of underrepresented minority students at Purdue. Additionally, in response to increased racial and social injustice, Marquetta assembled a team of scholars to design and develop a self-paced, online learning micro-credential that supported graduate teaching assistants' development of their intercultural competence skills. This module incorporated multiple reflective opportunities and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to promote justice-oriented instructional identities.

Similarly, Marquetta's role as the Assistant Director for Horizons Student Support Services addresses the advocacy needed for first-generation and income-eligible college students. Within her role, she focuses on the program's academic components, including but not limited to additional academic advisement, facilitating the Faculty Mentorship Program, and serving as a course instructor for Horizons' GS-19900-Strategies for a Successful First Year, and continues to advocate for our students. Marquetta is eager to make a genuine difference locally and globally to promote academic success through her educational and professional experiences.

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Jessica Weller

STEM Program Coordinator

Jessica has a doctorate of philosophy with an emphasis in Chemistry Education from Purdue University. She was a continuing lecturer at Purdue for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Jessica also served as a Coaching Coordinator for STEM Goes Rural where she mentored first year STEM teachers as part of the Woodrow Wilson STEM Goes Rural Program at Purdue. She is passionate about providing guidance and support to the students in Horizons.

Outside of work, Jessica really enjoys reading historical fiction, gardening books and mystery stories. She likes to watch PBS Mysteries on Netflix, stand-up comedy and The Great British Baking Show.

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Kim Brewer

Senior Administrative Assistant

Kim has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Texas Woman’s University and is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology. She has extensive experience in the corporate sector, spending most of that time in banking and telecommunications. During that time, she held many roles ranging from software tester to operations manager. Additionally, she spent several years in Higher Education at Baylor University where she managed all the summer camp and conference housing as well as assisted with the operations of the residence halls.

Most recently, she has been serving as an associate pastor at a local church. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner, reading, watching British TV shows, and dreaming about owning a house full of mid-century furniture.

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Aniya Martin

Student Intern

Aniya Martin is currently a junior studying Web Programming & Design at Purdue. Alongside her position at Horizons, she is also a Peer Success Coach for the Academic Success Center, where she help students achieve their academic and personal goals. Aniya is also the marketing chair for UR Multicultural Connections and a student ambassador for Executive in Residence.

Aniya's journey with Horizons started during freshman year when she took the Horizons intro course. Her experience led her to want to become a peer mentor. After participating in Horizon’s accountability groups during her sophomore year, she wanted to continue to stay involved with Horizons and chose to apply for a Horizons internship.

In her role as intern, she will work with staff to improve engagement of Horizons student participants and provide support in the management of the program’s website and social media platforms.

Questions? Contact us:

Horizons Student Support Services
Krach Leadership Center Room 329
1198 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-7094
Fax: 765-496-2795