In hindsight, Kerry Boland (she/her) sees how her experiences as a first-generation and queer college student have motivated her to pursue work that centers identity, education, and social justice. Since graduating from the University of Richmond with a degree in English and Gender Studies, Kerry has embraced a winding route while keeping these central values close. Her first student support role was as a writing center tutor and teaching assistant at New York University Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where she lived and traveled before attending graduate school for English literature in Chicago, IL. Most recently, she served as an academic advisor to first-year undergraduates at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. At VCU, she also taught courses on college success skills and developed programming to support marginalized students looking to find their place on campus. Now back in her home state of Maryland, Kerry is dedicated to advocating for underrepresented students and educational equity wherever she goes.