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      Rebecca Ross, Assistant Director of Disability Services

      Rebecca Ross, director of disability services

      Rebecca Ross

      Assistant Director of Disability Services

      Since she was in middle school, Rebecca Ross knew that she wanted to pursue a career in social work. After receiving her master's degree from Widener's Center for Social Work Education, she came to the realization that she also wanted to work in higher education. So, when the position of assistant director of disability services opened up last summer, Ross saw it as a perfect fit for her.

      "I loved being in the higher education environment," Ross said. "My time as a student was great, and I know that college can be a life-changing time for students, so I wanted to be a part of that developmental experience."

      In her current role, Ross helps make students aware of the resources available to them. "We want to make sure the students have the best chance for success and that they have all the tools they need at their disposal."

      Ross coordinates logistics for most of the students who request assistance from the Office of Disability Services. She helps students with obtaining appropriate textbooks, proctoring exams and finding volunteers to serve as note takers, among other things. Her role has a large customer service component; she regularly fields questions about her office and wants to ensure that both students and faculty who contact disability services have positive experiences.

      Ross is also an academic coach for students. She offers students help developing time management and other skills in addition to help completing class assignments.

      "The best part of my job is working with the students," she said. "Helping them through challenging times and getting over their own limitations is very rewarding."

      Before coming to Widener, Ross spent eight years working for the Devereux Foundation, managing a program that helped adults, specifically those on the Autism spectrum, find employment.

      Off campus, the Widener alumna enjoys getting outdoors when she can to either kayak or hike. She also enjoys playing video games. Her current favorite is Destiny.


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