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Tracy Braden
Tracy Braden

Student Services Coordinator

B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University 

M.S., Counseling, Portland State University 


AT PSU SINCE: 2001

CURRENT ROLES:
Student Services Coordinator

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    Office: Urban Center 350C
    Phone: (503) 725-5477
    E-mail: tbraden@pdx.edu

    In her role as student services coordinator, Tracy provides academic counseling to help prospective and current students figure what steps they need to take to get into school or to get through their degree programs. She maintains data on degree progression, compliance with rules, completion rates. In addition, she works with student groups, helps to plan events, and helps curricular committees in accomplishing their work.

    Tracy’s role is to be supportive of the program, to work with different personalities and to clearly communicate information. Her familiarity with the different perspectives and faculty and her ability to see issues from many different angles make her an asset to the program. 

    Tracy started working at the Toulan School as the Office Coordinator while in school for her Master’s Degree in Counseling at PSU. While working at the School, she also interned and volunteered in community mental health organizations. Tracy has experience in event planning, publishing and museum education. 

    What Tracy has to say...

    BEST PART OF JOB:
    I get to interact with lots of different people every day. Usually most of them are trying to achieve something that they believe is important and I get to help!

    UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THE TOULAN SCHOOL:
    We prepare students to go out and make the world a better place.  PSU’s whole notion of letting knowledge serve the city is really captured by our programs. I love this city and being a part of the educational process of our students makes me feel connected to Portland. That makes me happy!

    BEST PART OF WORKING AT PSU:
    I really like the University atmosphere, it’s stimulating and there is always something interesting to learn. PSU is not your typical place. I love how diverse it is here and that people are so open and able to engage with each other. I am always meeting new people and having my world view expanded.

    I have a lot of admiration.  I admire our students for their commitment to getting through their programs. Some of them are working and have families while they trying to advance their education. That takes drive and commitment.   I also admire the faculty I work with for their ability to move things forward. There is a lot of passion here. It’s what makes it all possible.

    FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE APPROACH TO JOB:
    Adaptable, thoughtful, interpersonal, supportive, and fun

    WHAT STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THE TOULAN SCHOOL:
    Their degree! I hope they get what they came for, an education that allows them to be analytical and critical thinkers, good members of society, self- understanding and having an appreciation for the larger world.   

    FAVORITE THING ABOUT INTERACTING WITH STUDENTS:
    Our students come from many different backgrounds and are at vastly different places in their lives. I get to talk to people about what’s important to them. Even though all of them seem really busy with balancing their priorities, most of the time students are pretty cheerful. It’s great too when they start talking about graduation or internships, they even get excited! I get to see people as they go through the process of accomplishing their goals. Sometimes I even get to help make really positive things happen for people.

    ADVICE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:
    My advice is they make an appointment to come see me!

    WHEN NOT AT WORK, I LIKE TO:
    I am interested in psychology especially optimal functioning.  Over the last few years I have gotten increasingly interested in meditation and as a result, neuroscience. I read a lot of books and watch a lot lectures on these topics.

    I like walking, especially around Portland. After more than a decade of living here, I still love exploring the city. There are so many great neighborhoods and it’s good exercise.

    My husband is a chef and we do a lot of entertaining, a lot of our social life revolves around food.  It’s good that I like exercise.
       
    DREAM VACATION: I love Asia and would love to spend more time there. I have friends and family in Vietnam and Shanghai. I hope to visit both of those places in the future.