Chelsea Blake joined the SSI team as the Assistant Director of Student Success Initiatives in October 2022. Born and raised in Houston, TX Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University and Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas. After her undergraduate degree, she worked in the Houston area for a TRIO grant focusing on first-generation, income driven students 6th-12th grade, guiding them on their journey into postsecondary selection and enrollment. She is honored and excited to continue her passion for serving underrepresented and underserved student populations at Rice. In her spare time, she likes to travel, explore new food, and spend quality time with family and friends.

Advising Philosophy

As a first-generation and or/ limited income advisor, my philosophy centers on empowerment, guidance, and holistic support. I strive to foster an inclusive environment where each student's unique background is valued. I aim to provide comprehensive resources and mentorship to navigate academic, social, and personal challenges. Through collaborative goal-setting and tailored guidance, I empower students to realize their full potential, embrace opportunities, and achieve their academic and career aspirations. My commitment is to advocate for equity, cultivate resilience, and celebrate the diverse strengths of every first-generation student on their journey to success.


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