Partner Club Event (HBAS): The Graduate School Admissions Process for First Generation Professionals
Join Kelly Shapiro, JD '05 and VP-HBAS for a Fireside Chat with Jamiere Abney, EdM '17, Director of Admissions at Western Oregon University. Kelly and Jamiere will discuss the Graduate School Admissions Process for First Generation Professionals.
Thursday September 28, 2023 @ 1:00pm PST/4:00pm EST
Online via Zoom (details sent after registration)
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Jamiere Abney is Director of Admissions at Western Oregon University (WOU), leading the daily operations and
enrollment strategies for the Office of Admission. He is in the first few months of this new position that
has returned him to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Jamiere is a 2012 graduate of nearby Willamette
University. He began his higher education career at his alma mater in 2014 with the Undergraduate
Office of Admission.
Prior to this role at WOU, Jamiere was the Associate Dean of Admission and Coordinator of Outreach for
Opportunity & Inclusion at Colgate University. In that role he lead Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
strategies for the admissions process. Through his leadership, Colgate enrolled its most diverse first-year
class in its 200-year history in the Fall of 2021.
A first-generation and Pell-eligible college graduate, Abney has sought opportunities to be a reliable
support for young people seeking achievement and access to opportunity. Jamiere built on this goal,
earning a Master’s in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2017. He has been a guest
on multiple podcasts, including Black & Highly Dangerous and On the Mic with Ray White, hosted by
fellow Willamette ℅ 2012 alum Raymond White. Currently, Abney is a candidate for a Doctor of
Education (EdD) at the University of Pennsylvania, studying in the Higher Education Management
Jamiere calls Albemarle, NC his hometown. Both his mother and younger sister still reside there.
Check out the latest news about Jamiere being named as Director of Admissions, Western Oregon University here.
Kelly Shaprio (Moderator)
Kelly Shapiro is the Founder & Managing Partner of The Law Offices of Kelly D. Shapiro, representing clientele in the Entertainment and Startup Tech industries. Attorney Shapiro is a public speaker on Legal and Business issues for entrepreneurs, Startups, and artists. Attorney Shapiro is committed to empowering women, girls, and communities of color through legal & financial empowerment and education. Attorney Shapiro is a frequent volunteer attorney at First AME Church’s free legal clinic in Los Angeles, CA, and at the Freelancers Union/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts NYC pop-up legal clinics in Brooklyn, NY.
Attorney Shapiro serves as the Vice President of the Harvard Black Alumni Society, is a founding member of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs - SoCal, and is an active member of the Harvard Law School Associations of LA and NYC.
Attorney Shapiro received her JD from Harvard Law School and BA from the University of Southern California. Attorney Shapiro is licensed to practice law in New York, California, and Pennsylvania.