Student Development

College is an incredible time of growth that takes place through various circumstances including adversity, unforeseen challenges, new responsibilities, new roles, and relationships. Our Student Service Teams provide holistic support that empowers students to thrive at Multnomah University. Whether it be working on a resume, addressing life issues with a counselor, launching new inclusive initiatives, or receiving academic help from a tutor, we want to walk alongside students in practical and meaningful ways.

Life management

We challenge and support students to pursue well-balanced and healthy lifestyles through programs and resources designed to nurture spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. We partner with faculty, staff, alumni, and Portland community leaders to equip students with important life skills and knowledge in the following areas: cultural awareness, pursuing vocational goals, managing finances, and managing stress and transitions.

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Leadership development

We develop our students’ leadership abilities through several avenues. The Voices Scholar program develops students of color and their allies into leaders through mentorship, training, creating inclusive initiatives and events, and much more. We provide over 40 paid student leadership positions for current students such as Residence Life staff, Commuter Assistants, Tutors, Student Senate, and Student Involvement positions. MU students make meaningful contributions to our university life and gain valuable experience for their careers.

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Character formation

Our highest priority is facilitating the continual development of Christian character. Whether it’s in the context of leadership, counseling, student conduct, or academics, we not only have a high standard for each other as Christians, we have a redemptive and developmental model to challenge and support you in the process of being formed in the image of Christ. We walk with students to understand diverse perspectives, thrive in the classroom, deepen their faith, and become dynamic agents of Christlike change for the Kingdom.

Students Being Prayed For

Student Life Team

Meet the staff who serve the Multnomah family on the Student Life Team.

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Joe Slavens, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Life
Staff Headshot Christy Martin
Christy Martin, M.S.
Associate Dean of Student Success
Staff Headshot Shane Meyer
Shane Meyer, MACL
Assistant Dean of Leadership Development and Community Life
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Grant Burns, M.A.
​Assistant Dean of Residence Life and Community Conduct; Title IX Senior Coordinator
Elizabeth Anderson
Elizabeth Anderson
Resident Director
Staff Headshot Carlee Anglin
Carlee Anglin
Student Life Coordinator; Title IX Investigator
Staff Headshot Sam Anglin
Sam Anglin
Resident Director
Staff Headshot Julie Frorenza
Julie Frorenza, M.Ed.
Student Success Coordinator

Diversity and Inclusive Development Team

Meet the staff who serve the Multnomah family through Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, Counseling and Wellness, Spiritual Life, and Career Services.

Staff Headshot Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor
Vice President of Diversity and Inclusive Development
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Renjy Abraham
Dean of Spiritual Life and Cultural Integration
Staff Headshot Becca Jones
Becca Jones
Director of Student Counseling & Wellness Center
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Mariko Gilman
Career Initiatives Specialist
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Cyndi Murillo
Campus Pastor