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Learning Enhancement & Academic Development (LEAD)

MISSION: We provide supportive education and well-being services to the WesternU community to foster and promote the university’s humanistic values and tradition.

OVERVIEW

The Office of Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD) is a part of the division of University Student Affairs. LEAD’s goal is to help each WesternU student successfully complete their course of instruction and assists students by providing one-on-one academic counseling, peer tutoring, the Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course, board exam preparation, wellbeing support, and workshops.

The LEAD Office serves all WesternU students, free of charge. LEAD services are available for both WesternU and WesternU Oregon. All academic and personal counseling and referrals to other campus support services are completely confidential.

  • TUTORING

    Tutorial Assistance Program (TAP) services are peer-based, small group content review sessions. To receive TAP support, students must first meet with a LEAD academic counselor then, students must request a tutor. Please use this link to request a tutor after meeting with a LEAD academic counselor. Our LEAD Tutors are current and alumni students who have successfully completed the coursework you are requesting. They are eager to share their experiences to support your academic journey.

  • SUMMER PREPAREDNESS AND READINESS COURSE (SPARC)

    The Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course (SPaRC) is a multi-week program designed to prepare incoming students for the rigors of their chosen program. SPaRC provides students with an introduction to applicable courses, skills, and competencies in an interprofessional healthcare setting while easing their transition to a professional graduate program.

    SPaRC FAQ

  • WELLBEING

    We believe your wellbeing is important. We weave in aspects of wellbeing from four domains (mind, body, social, self) into every session we do. Your wellbeing matters!

  • WORKSHOPS

    LEAD workshops and presentations will always be available at the request of the University and College Programs. We currently have successful workshops that are available and willing to customize and create new workshops to meet student and faculty needs.

  • Meet the LEAD Staff

    LEAD staff works as an efficient and knowledgeable team. Although every counselor is proficient in the main areas of academic concern, each counselor also has at least one additional area of expertise. The result is that students often are not only seen by the counselor they may be starting out with but are in addition referred by that first counselor to another team member, depending on how a student’s needs are best served. In addition, processes have been put into place to ensure that each student receives the best care possible with all counselors providing congruent information.

    Portrait of NEIL BIRT, MS

    NEIL BIRT, MS

    Assistant Director of Learning Skills and Assessment – POMONA, CA

    (909) 706-3827

    nbirt@westernu.edu

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    RASHELLE NAGATA, OTD, OTR/L

    Learning Skills Specialist – POMONA, CA

    (909) 469-8347

    rnagata@westernu.edu

    Portrait of BRIAN O’DRISCOLL, MA

    BRIAN O’DRISCOLL, MA

    Learning Skills Specialist – LEBANON, OR

    (541) 259-0226

    bodriscoll@westernu.edu

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    JULIANA PEREZ

    Learning Skills Specialist – POMONA, CA

    julianaperez@westernu.edu

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    Yequila Pearson

    Administrative Associate II

    ypearson@westernu.edu

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    Contact LEAD California

    LOCATION:
    Pumerantz Learning Center, 1st floor, Rm 102
    Western University of Health Sciences
    Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD) Office
    287 Third Street
    Pomona, CA 91766-1854

    HOURS:
    8:00am-5:00pm
    COMP-NW

    Contact LEAD Oregon

    LOCATION:
    Western University of Health Sciences
    200 Mullins Dr., Lebanon, Oregon 97355

    HOURS:
    8:00am-5:00pm