Vanessa Correa, Associate Director

Vanessa Correa: Associate Director

Vanessa Correa joined the ODIME team in April of 2017.  She serves as Associate Director for First Generation Initiatives.  Within this role, she serves as the program director for the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP).  In addition, Ms. Correa develops and supports University-wide programming and services for the larger first generation community at Mason.  

Vanessa Correa has dedicated her career to ensuring that students from under-served communities have access to and are successful in college.  She previously worked as an Academic Advisor with the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).  In addition, she also served NOVA as an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice.  Ms. Correa has previously worked at Georgetown University and Cornell University, serving similar student populations.  

Ms. Correa spent several years working within the criminology/criminal justice field. Her projects included working with community members and local law enforcement on improving their relationships, analyzing the impact of college courses on inmate recidivism rates, as well as evaluating a drug treatment program. While loving her research and experience in this field, she was equally passionate about working with college aged students. 

Ms. Correa is fluent in Spanish, and a proud Native New Yorker.  In her spare time, she loves to dance (salsa is her favorite), go to baseball games (go Nats!), and spending time with friends and family.  

She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree in Justice, Law, and Society from American University.

Contact Vanessa at 703.993.2700 or