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Karyn Cassella Director, New Student and Family Programs Orientation, Transition & Retention

MA, International Training and Education: Community Development and Social Change American University College of Arts and Sciences

Favorite Spot on Campus
The Amphitheater in good weather, but the basement of Kay feels like home.
As the Associate Director for Parent and Family Engagement in the Office of Campus Life, Karyn is seeks to forge partnerships between the university and our Eagle families. She works to develop promote timely communication, build on-line resources and foster connections with campus partners through webinars and events throughout the year.

As the parent of a college aged student and a high schooler just starting the college search, she has a personal understanding of the challenges and changes for our families.

Previously, she had served AU as the founding Director of the Community Service Center (now the Center for Community Engagement and Service). For years, she has been working professionally at the intersections of student leadership, service-learning, national service, faith-based volunteerism, non-profit administration and family engagement. For nine years she was an adjunct lecturer in the Human Service and Social Justice department at George Washington University.

Karyn is a double Eagle, with degrees from AU's School of Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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