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Natissia Small, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for Access, Academic Support, and Workforce Integration
Division of Student Academic Support Services
Natissia has more than 25 years of service with the University of Missouri-St. Louis and began serving as Assistant Provost for Access and Academic Support in Academic Affairs in 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Southeast Missouri State University and dual Master Degrees in Secondary School Education-Adult Education and Counseling from UMSL. She obtained her doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership from UMSL. Her campus responsibilities include college access initiatives and programming, academic support, tutoring, unique student population services, mentoring, and cultural enrichment programming. She provided the vision, oversight, and leadership for UMSL’s Student Academic Support Services unit which houses the departments of Precollegiate Student Support Services (Bridge Program), Multicultural Student Support Services, Student Enrichment and Achievement while creating and implementing the campus’ first centralized University Tutoring Center. She works directly with all constituents to establish strong collaborative partnerships across campus and the St. Louis community to promote college access, student support services, and retention initiatives to aid in closing the achievement gap. As a result, she has led the University in gaining local, state and national recognition serving more than 5,000 students and families in the St. Louis community annually. She is committed to creating an inclusive community for all constituents that personifies respect, accountability and acceptance while empowering all students to achieve degree completion.
Channon Peoples, MPPA
Channon Peoples joined the Office of Precollegiate Student Services in 2003 and began serving as director in 2018. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Harris-Stowe State University, and earned both a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from UMSL. Channon is currently working toward her doctorate degree in the Heritage Leadership program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Peoples brings expertise in the area of program coordination, recruiting and student services. She is a member of the Missouri Association for College Admissions Counseling (MOACAC) and the National College Access Network (NCAN). She is an active volunteer in various youth and community organizations structured to engage and encourage youth to seek post-secondary attainment.
Sadie Weiss, LMSW
Sadie Weiss serves as Assistant Director for the Office of Precollegiate Student Services. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Geography from The University of Arizona and Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Tennessee. Sadie is a Licensed Master Social Worker with both clinical and program management experience. She is a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served as an Education Volunteer in Cape Verde and Mozambique. Prior to joining UMSL, Sadie served as the Academic Affairs Programs Coordinator at Fontbonne University where she managed student engagement programs and coordinated efforts to ensure students received the support and resources necessary for academic success. Sadie is passionate about student success and increasing access to post-secondary education.
Kuriston White, MSEd
Kuriston White serves as a Program Coordinator for the Office of Precollegiate Student Services. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies from Harris-Stowe State University and Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the team, Kuriston served as a College and Career Counselor at Normandy High School, working with underrepresented youth to ensure they had the resources and support necessary to prepare for post-secondary options. Throughout her professional career, she has worked with multiple organizations like Missouri College Advising Corps, Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, and AVID. Kuriston prides herself on aiding St. Louis area youth to recognize their full potential and capability to succeed through adversity. She is dedicated to making sure students and families have everything they need for a successful post-secondary career.