Lex Lewis-Semien (she/her/hers) joins the Center of Culture, Equity, and Empowerment (CCEE) as an Assistant Director for Student Access and Equity. In her role, she serves first generation college students, specifically through the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) program. Her primary focus is supporting all current and past STEP students during their time at Mason. Additionally, she supports all communities served by her area, Student Access and Equity, specifically centering college students who identify as first generation and students who are undocumented or who are Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
Holding a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Texas A&M University, she has experience as a staffer for the nation’s largest student-led extended orientation program in the nation. In addition, she has worked extensively in scholarships & financial aid as well as with collegiate athletics. She received her Master of Education degree (Student Affairs) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she worked within Residential Life with student government leaders.
By applying a critical social justice framework in her mentorship of students, Lex strives to impart awareness of inequities and privilege while advocating and empowering others towards liberation. She believes that in order to create equity within higher education institutions we must shift our paradigms and adopt inclusive practices to best serve all students of all intersecting identities.
Lex is originally from in and around Houston, Texas and is very excited to live in NoVA. When she isn’t designing digital planners/productivity tools or running after her 5-year-old rescue pup you can find her rewatching the original Charmed series or Hamilton for the 20th time.