Heather D. Adams
San Francisco Bay Area
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Heather D. Adams

UCOP Virtual Advising Coordinator

Heather is the UCOP Virtual Advising Coordinator for uAspire Bay Area! Heather is a Posse Scholar with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in African-American Diaspora Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Heather was born and raised in Pasadena, Ca near Los Angeles.  At UC Berkeley, Heather was a Resident Assistant (RA) for 2 ½ years, a Research Assistant and worked for several other organizations such as: Active Minds Inc., Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Bridges Multi-cultural Center, African-American Theme Program, African Black Coalition (ABC). 

Post-college, Heather worked as a Site Coordinator for middle school afterschool programs in West Contra Costa Unified School District for 2 years. Prior to uAspire, Heather has also worked as a Crisis Counselor Supervisor for 4 years with Crisis Support Services of Alameda County as well as box office management with Cal Performances for 6 years. 
 

Why uAspire?

At uAspire, we tackle college access and affordability on an institutional level and an individual level. I believe this is necessary because there are many systematic factors that have disenfranchised and denied groups of people access to equity in education, impacting the quality of their lives. I’m proud to be a part of such a thriving, student-centered team and I'm SUPER juiced to use my experience & platform to help disenfranchised and underrepresented individuals with their financial aid and college application process. I went through many unnecessary and unexpected twists and turns in my high school and college careers being a minority, having a diverse heritage, being a first generation university graduate, and being raised by a single mother. I was fortunate to find many mentors and advocates who pushed me to strive for excellence and take advantage of financial and enrichment opportunities that optimized my college experience. Everyone, especially the youth of today, has a purpose and something that drives them. I want to empower everyone I can to not only make their goals a reality, but capitalize on the process.