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Meet our Team

Karen Velasquez


Karen Velasquez is the University of Dayton's first Director of Experiential Learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education and a M.Ed in International Education Development from Columbia University, Teachers College in New York City. Karen is interested in how people learn through experience in diverse social contexts, and her work highlights the transformative impact of experiential learning on students lives. At UD she collaborates with faculty and staff who integrate innovative experiential pedagogies in their courses and programs, and she showcases students reflections on experiential learning through digital storytelling in her Experiential Learning Lab workshop. She is originally a Queens, New York City native of Colombian descent.

Rhyan Pearson


Rhyan Pearson is a junior majoring in International Studies and Political Science. In his role as Program Coordinator, he works to facilitate EL events across campus, including labs, workshops, and trainings. He also works with faculty and other departments to help them integrate EL in their respective areas through grants, events, and trainings. Rhyan also serves as Director of Special Programs for the Student Government Association and as President of the Social Justice Club.

Sophia Williamson


Sophia Williamson is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) working on her Master of Arts in Communication, with Graduate Certificates in both Health Communication (HCM) and Strategic Public Relations (SPR). She completed her undergraduate coursework at UD in 2018 with a B.A. in Communication with a focus in Public Relations. As a Marketing and Media Producer, she films, edits, and creates video content for the OEL. In addition, she photographs and covers EL events on and off-campus.

Colleen Kelch


Colleen Kelch is a senior communication major, with a focus in Public Relations, from Chicago, Illinois. She works to create and manage the social media accounts for the office and collaborates with her team members to produce informative and interesting digital content. She also connects with other departments and organizations to promote different events on campus. 

Jamie Morris


Jamie Morris is a junior communication management major with a minor in marketing and sociology, from Denver, Colorado. She works to recruit, design and facilitate EL events such as labs and workshops. She also writes blog stories highlighting EL and vocation related topics. She collaborates with her team members and faculty to discover and promote new EL opportunities and experiences. 


Office of Experiential Learning

Roesch Library
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469