As a three-time UNF graduate, an adjunct professor and director of the THRIVE program, Dr. Tara Rowe has committed herself to serving the UNF community. On top of all her duties as a UNF employee, she takes the time to mentor deaf students on campus.
“I learned so much about myself that I never would have known, and this eventually led me to having a deep desire to help underrepresented individuals on campus who may need just a little extra support but have so much to offer UNF as a whole,” Rowe said.
Rowe uses her expertise to go into the community to educate people on working with students on the autism spectrum. On one specific occasion, Rowe went to Bank of America to discuss what type of skills they can present in jobs like finance and accounting. She also discussed some challenges that could arise for students on the autism spectrum during things like the application process.
One of her biggest accomplishments was creating a training curriculum that is an internationally certified mentor training program. The program is unique and one of a kind in the state of Florida.
“I enjoy the level of inclusivity UNF continues to provide to all students. This is a wonderfully inclusive campus and UNF ensures no student is left feeling excluded or unwelcomed,” Rowe said. “Working with THRIVE students has shown me that no matter how difficult a situation may seem, the most important thing to realize is that you are not alone and that there are heroes all over campus.”
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