Center for Student Success

The mission of the Center for Student Success is to familiarize students with the multitude of resources available on campus and to help students make progress toward fulfilling their educational, social, and personal goals.

We support our mission by offering a variety of services and programs for students.

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How We Help

The Center for Student Success aims to provide support, resources, and advising assistance for all students at the University of New Haven.

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Incoming Students

Learn more about the support offered by the Center for Student Success and how our office can provide assistance to both students and their families.

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Families

At the Center for Student Success, we consider parents and families our partners in our students’ success. Now that you are the part of the Charger family, we look forward to supporting your students throughout their time at the University of New Haven.

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Meet the Center for Student Success Team

Josh Carbajal

Josh Carbajal

Success Advisor

Josh (he/him/his) graduated with both a B.S. in Forensic Science and an M.A. in Community Psychology from the University of New Haven. Josh is part of a team of Success Advisors who support the College of Arts and Science, Pompea College of Business, and the School of Health Science.

Maxcy Hall 106E
(203) 932-7311
JCarbajal@newhaven.edu

Helena Cole

Helena Cole

Director, Centers for Academic Success and Advising

Helena Cole graduated with an A.B. degree in History and Italian from Bryn Mawr College. She received her M.Ed in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, and her M.A. in Humanities from Hood College. Helena started working at the University of New Haven as the Director of the Centers for Academic Success and Advising in January 2013.

Maxcy Hall 210F
(203) 932-7423
HCole@newhaven.edu

Lynn Derobertis

Lynn Derobertis

Associate Director, Curriculum Development and Faculty Programming
Success Advisor

Lynn DeRobertis graduated with a B.S. degree in Nursing from Boston College and a M.S. in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University. Lynn has been a Student Success Advisor since 2000. Lynn supervises the Academic Peer Mentor program and focuses on sophomore student success. She also serves as the Advisor to Lamda Alpha Upsilon.

Lynn leads a team of Success Advisors to support the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences and the Pompea College of Business.

Maxcy Hall 210E
(203) 932-7043
LDeRobertis@newhaven.edu

Debra Kirouac

Debra Kirouac

Coordinator, Academic Operations and Communications

Debra Kirouac graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the College of New Rochelle and is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, at the University of New Haven. While still an undergraduate, she worked abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland and studied abroad for a semester in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Debra began working as the Coordinator, Academic Operations & Communications in the Center for Student Success (CSS) in May 2022. In her role, she helps triage student academic alerts.

Maxcy Hall 210D
(203) 931-2909
DKirouac@newhaven.edu

Ashley McDowell

Ashley McDowell

Success Advisor

Ashley graduated with a B.S. degree in Legal Studies and a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven. Ashley joined University of New Haven's Center for Student Success as a Success Advisor in December 2021. Ashley is part of a team of Success Advisors who support the College of Arts and Sciences, Pompea College of Business, and the School of Health Sciences.

Maxcy Hall 106C
(203) 932-7310
AMcDowell@newhaven.edu

Lizbeth Perez

Lizbeth Perez

Success Advisor

Lizbeth graduated with a B.A in Psychology from University of Connecticut and received her M.S. in Counseling from University of Bridgeport. Lizbeth joined University of New Haven's Center for Student Success as a Success Advisor in November 2022. Lizbeth is part of a team of Success Advisors who support the Pompea College of Business, Arts & Sciences, and School of Health Sciences

Maxcy Hall 106E
(203) 932-7374
LPerez@newhaven.edu

Jim Prosper

Jim Prosper

Success Advisor

Jim graduated with a B.A. in History from Central Connecticut State University and received his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Post University in Waterbury, CT. Jim joined University of New Haven’s Center for Student Success as a Success Advisor in 2017.

Jim is part of a team of Success Advisors who support the College of Arts and Science, Tagliatela College of Engineering and the School of Health Science.

Maxcy Hall 106F
(203) 932-7378
JProsper@newhaven.edu

Aschlee Riendeau

Aschlee Riendeau

Assistant Director

Aschlee graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Anthropology and received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. Aschlee has been a Student Success Advisor since 2010 and also serves as the Advisor to Alpha Lambda Delta and SPECTRA.

Aschlee is part of a team of Success Advisors who support the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences and the Pompea College of Business.

Maxcy Hall 210B
(203) 479-4581
ARiendeau@newhaven.edu

Julia Vitali

Julia Vitali

Success Advisor

Julia graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University, and with a M.Ed in Student Affairs Administration and Leadership from the University of Bridgeport. Julia is part of a team of Success Advisors who support students in the Tagliatela College of Engineering and Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

Maxcy Hall 106D
(203) 932-7371
JVitali@newhaven.edu