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Meet Sharron A. Porter

Department: : TRIO Student Services Programs

Position: Counselor & Retention Specialist

Length of Service at UIC:
18.5 joyful years!

   Sharron A. Porter

Role: Sharron provides guidance to first generation and underrepresented college students. Her expertise is furnishing students with the tools that will enhance their success at UIC. She feels strongly that identifying the strengths and needs of each individual is essential to aiding their growth, development and achievement on campus. Furthermore, she has observed how personalized support received at UIC has had a lasting positive influence throughout the life experiences of the students once they become alumni.

Work Mission: Sharron considers her life's work to be helping others and passionately believes that all of our students have great potential to be realized. She views her mission as aiding often overwhelmed teenagers arriving on campus to transition into mature young adult graduates. She develops strategies and creates plans to help students have a successful semester every semester and to accomplish their goals. Sharron's style is a holistic approach by counseling and advising the students and addressing their needs. Her non-judgmental and nurturing manner helps students build confidence and learn to work through obstacles. Visiting the office, the rapport Sharron has with students is obvious; students do not hesitate to ask for guidance or proudly share news of graduating in four years or being accepted into their desired graduate and medical school programs.

What colleagues say: Colleagues describe Sharron as one who wears many hats both figuratively and literally; she has a fashionable collection of chapeaus. They state that she brings a positive attitude to each situation and looks beyond the obvious to find the best methods and solutions for each circumstance. Another interesting tidbit shared, many of us have been mispronouncing her name, while spelled with two Rs, Sharron is pronounced as Sharon.

Leisure Activities: Sharron enjoys reading historical works and biographies and watching documentaries. Her favorite film features explore the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F. Kennedy. She finds relaxation and inspiration in music and gravitates toward the genres of gospel, jazz, and R&B. She has traveled the nation and plans to return to Washington, D.C. to view the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Her next destinations abroad include Switzerland, Australia, and the Netherlands.

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