Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland

Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland is the Executive Director of Holistic Student Supports at Achieving the Dream. In this role she is responsible for leading and designing ATD's strategy, thought leadership, and services for redesigning advising and student supports and creating transformative institutional change.  Mei-Yen manages the Holistic Student Supports team, who develop and deliver customized coaching, tools, and resources to support institutions in the design and implementation of a seamless, personalized student experience focused on improving student outcomes.

With nearly 15 years of experience in higher education, Mei-Yen's background includes an emphasis on organizational change, student development theory, equity and inclusion, qualitative research methods, service-learning and community development, and change leadership. 

Mei-Yen received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Ohio State University in May 2015.  Her dissertation research focused on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and DACA community college students' educational access and experiences.  While a doctoral student at Ohio State, Mei-Yen also worked part-time at Columbus State Community College as an adjunct instructor for advising services. Mei-Yen earned a Masters in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland-College Park and a Bachelors of Arts in Foreign Languages from Lewis & Clark College.

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