Meet the Team

The staff at Horizons is dedicated to leading, serving, and working with students. Their creativity and passion shine forth in their work and in their personalities.

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Baraka Corley

Director of Horizons
765-494-2592 | bbcorley@purdue.edu

Baraka Corley is the Director of Horizons Student Support Services: A TRIO program at Purdue University, located within Student Success programs. Baraka has worked in higher education administration for 19 years with an extensive background in serving first-generation, low-income college students, as well as non-traditional student populations. Baraka considers himself a servant leader, often sharing his favorite phrase, “teamwork makes the dream work.” Early employment in areas of summer bridge programming, academic advisement, mentoring and retention would lay the foundation for Baraka’s current work in student support, but nine (9) years of working in outreach, recruitment, admissions and enrollment management would equip him with the requisite tools to assist students from the point of college interest to degree completion.

Baraka’s current research interests include Institutional Diversity and Leadership, Inter-cultural competency, First-generation college student success, Global Leadership Access for First-generation, low-income students, Black male initiatives, student leadership development and holistic approaches to navigating the college experience. Baraka has a B.A in Psychology from Hofstra University and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from SUNY Empire State College.

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Brittany Allensworth

Assistant Director for Academic Success
(765) 494-6492 | ballensw@purdue.edu

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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Sarah Johnson

Career Counseling Coordinator
765-494-8760 | sarahejohnson@purdue.edu

Sarah started her professional journey at a college access program outside of Chicago where she worked with low income, first generation students. She worked for several years as an educational counselor, helping students throughout their full high school experience that included their transition to high school continuing through to the transition to college.

She has spent her past six (6) years supporting students from under-represented backgrounds with a firm understanding that access to college does not guarantee success and persistence, additional support is needed. Sarah earned a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology from Brandeis University and a Master of Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Jessica Weller

Horizons STEM Support Specialist
wellerj@purdue.edu

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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Angela Braga

Horizons Administrative Assistant
765-494-7094 | abraga@purdue.edu

Angela was born and raised in a rural area in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She lived in the city of Belo Horizonte, worked while acquiring her degree as a Social Worker from the Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais. She married, and moved to Austria, Rhode Island, Germany, and in 1998 to West Lafayette. She has two sons, and lives with her husband, and her therapy dog in West Lafayette. While her sons were in school she volunteered at West Lafayette Schools, and she has been working with her dog in a therapy group for the past 11 years.

Most recently, she lived in Arlington, VA, and besides working in therapy dog groups, she volunteered at the local library, and obtained a certification as Food Master Volunteer and participated in the Extension Program to reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on food preparation, nutrition, food safety, and physical activity. Currently, Angela is involved with the Immigration Clinic at LUM (Lafayette Urban Ministries), and her therapy dog group.

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Allison Staley

Financial Aid Administrator
765-494-0596 | astaley@purdue.edu

Allison Staley is an experienced Financial Aid Administrator. Her prior higher education experiences include: The University of Texas at Austin, Augustana College, and Western Illinois University (WIU). She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from WIU. She is knowledgeable in Financial Aid (FA) issues and connects with others from across the country regarding FA. Allison is a dedicated resource within Student Success Programs at Purdue. She is also a fantastic dog mom and enjoys weekend outdoor adventures and promotes Wildlife conservation. Please contact Allison with your financial aid questions and concerns.

Questions? Contact us:

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