Assistant Director, Orientation & First-Year Experience
Tarra joined the Hopkins Community in March 2019. She spent two years as Program Coordinator supporting the overall programmatic efforts for the Student Transitions and Family Engagement (STFE) portfolio. In that role, she was responsible for providing logistical support for all large and small programs, while helping to manage the budget and streamline processes.
In the summer of 2021, Tarra transitioned to become the Assistant Director of Orientation & First-Year Experience. In the Assistant Director role, Tarra is responsible for helping to envision the overall onboarding and support for new students at the institution, while also managing and supporting the First Year Mentors, a crucial cornerstone to the office’s success.
Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, Tarra earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City. She also holds Professional Certificate in Event Management from the George Washington University School of Business.
Before Hopkins, Tarra worked most recently at Parks & People Foundation, a local non-profit in Baltimore City. Prior to that, she held a position in the Office of the Provost at George Mason University, where she developed a passion for working in a university setting and helping students thrive both academically and socially.
When not in the office, Tarra can be found coordinating a wedding, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.