JohnRaé Stowers named associate director of student support services in the Educational Opportunity Program

JohnRaé Stowers has been named the associate director of student support services in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). 

Stowers has been on Marquette’s campus in some capacity for over 20 years and brings experience working with the EOP and the Wisconsin Association for Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU). Stowers previously served as the director of the Emerging Scholars Program, formerly the Freshman Frontier Program, and as the assistant director of the Office of Student Educational Services. 

Stowers holds a Master of Science degree in student personnel administration/counseling from Concordia University-Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel’s (MAEOPP) Emerging Leaders Institute, MOSAIC Milwaukee Partnership Program and Cardinal Stritch University’s African American Leadership Program (now AALM). She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a certificate of management from MRA-Institute of Management. 

Stowers has done presentations on the academic transition at community organizations, national conferences and schools. She has served as an instructor for various life skills and college access courses, where she educated students on the admission process and assisted them with making informed decisions. She also served as an executive director of a college readiness program aimed at preparing disadvantaged, first-generation students for the practical skills needed to succeed post-high school. 

Stowers has been a part of PCAS (Partnership for College Access and Success), KnowHow2Go, Wisconsin Learning Assistance Network (WLAN), National College Access Network (NCAN), National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA).  

In addition to her commitment to empowering others, Stowers is the founder and owner of JazzyRae’ Jewels and Accessories, a local clothing and accessories boutique that’s known as the “sanctuary for women,” a place where women can go to not only shop, but have peace, celebrate beauty, connect and develop sisterhood.