Student Development & Leadership

Meet the Staff

Dr. Jordan R. Humphrey
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Assessment, Student Development and Leadership.

Dr. Jordan R. Humphrey Dr. Jordan R. Humphrey serves the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Assessment, Student Development & Leadership. In this role, she provides leadership for the Division of Student Services’ assessment efforts as relate to strategic planning, institutional effectiveness, and student outcomes measurement. Additionally, she leads division and university efforts to enhance the co-curricular activities offered throughout the Lewis, overseeing major campus events such as Welcome Days, Family Day, and Homecoming. Dr. Humphrey comes to Lewis University from St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX) where she served as the Associate Director for Civic Engagement in the Civic Engagement and Career Development Center and Coordinator of Assessment for the Student Development Division.

Humphrey’s administrative and research interests explore the areas of course design, student learning, assessment, civic engagement and community-university partnerships; institutional mission, culture, and identity; and the history of higher education. She has presented dozens of national presentations and published several chapters and articles on higher education, assessment, civic engagement, and liberal arts education in journals such as The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, the American Journal of Education, and Higher Education in Review.

She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Penn State University (University Park, PA), her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), and Bachelor’s degrees in Government, Spanish, and Music Performance from Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA) (2003).

Favorite Quotes:
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”
–Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition”
-Abraham Lincoln
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Sophia Barakat
Coordinator of Student Development and Leadership

Sophia Barakat Lewis has been my home since 2008 and I am truly blessed to continue my journey working as the Coordinator for Student Development and Leadership. I received both my Bachelors and Masters here at Lewis University. I love the home-like atmosphere the Lewis community gives to their students, faculty and staff. This is my opportunity to work with student leaders to impact, develop, and leave a legacy in their college career. I am very excited and I will continue to have the open door policy for the Lewis students.

I am originally from Oak Lawn and I was very involved with my high school and that mindset continued to Lewis. Being involved creates long-lasting relationships and you have a better understanding of yourself. Lewis does offer a wide range of organizations for our students and I will continue to challenge students to raise their standards every time. I also did several service projects ranging from Guardian Angel Home to Mission trips such as Bolivia and the Philippines. When I am not busy running around helping students or doing a service project, I enjoy a good road trip with my friends or enjoy a nice cup of coffee watching Grey’s Anatomy, House of Cards, Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds, or SpongeBob.

Favorite Quotes:
“If you believe in yourself and with a tiny pinch of magic, all your dreams can come true.”
–SpongeBob Squarepants.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
-Hans Christian Andersen
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Carisis Martinez
Graduate Assistant for Student Development and Leadership

Carisis Martinez Having recently graduated with my undergraduate degree from Lewis in May 2015, it was with great pleasure that I accepted the role of Graduate Assistant for Student Development and Leadership. Continuing my education was never a doubt in my mind, so when I realized I’d have an opportunity to fulfill my goals all while being a part of such an amazing department, I realized how truly blessed I was. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science concentrating in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. As I continue my education, I am currently enrolled in the accelerated MBA program. I aspire to one day be successful in the business world, hopefully acquiring the role of a positive leader or manager within a good company doing meaningful work.

As an undergraduate student, I was an orientation group leader for two consecutive summers, and also had the opportunity to be a first year student mentor. Both experiences allowed me an opportunity to give back to students in a way that Lewis has so graciously given to me. This department shines the light on various activities, clubs, and organizations that allow students to find their niche and make them feel a part of something great. Academic success is important as a college student, but the Student Development and Leadership Department is a reminder of how work-life balance can only enhance your experience at Lewis.

Favorite Quotes:
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
–Jim Hyun

“You can never be over dressed or over educated.”
-Oscar Wilde