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
Chelsea believes that holistic academic advising is the catalyst for teaching lifelong learning. Holistic advising is
the personalized educational experience empowering students to explore, articulate, and succeed in their academic, life, and career goals. She believes that in order to successfully assist students in the decision-making process for major/career selection and life exploration, advisors should utilize holistic student development
research, theory, and tools.


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