Kara Strass joined the Myaamia Center as a graduate assistant in 2016. She is working towards her master’s degree at Miami in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE), and will graduate in 2018.
Originally from Huntington, Indiana, Kara attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 2011. While at Notre Dame, Kara worked extensively with the Native American Student Association, and started thinking about ways to support Native American students through the college experience. This is what made her think about Student Affairs as a field of study, and Kara is excited to be working with her own Myaamia community.
Kara’s graduate studies focus on Student Development Theory, and specifically how these theories can be applied to make Myaamia students successful in their college endeavors. Her work at the Myaamia Center includes working with Myaamia students in a variety of ways, outreach to the broader Miami University community, as well as planning for programs including Breath of Life and the Myaamiaki Conference. She also serves as a co-advisor to Miami’s Native American Student Association.