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LOSFA’s student engagement efforts provide direct virtual connections to the one-on-one support and advocacy students need to persist in pursuit of educational and career success. Formed in May 2021, the Student Engagement Division expands and leads statewide networking and mentoring initiatives for Louisiana learners of all ages (i.e., K-12, postsecondary, and returning adults).  The Student Engagement team provides networking opportunities to virtually connect students to colleges, cohorts, and careers; build partnerships with community organizations and business and industry professionals; and share information and resources to assist with degree completion. This unit extends the work of existing LOSFA Programs to further promote, prepare, and provide educational access, success, and attainment. 

Student Engagement Team

Lavonya Malveaux

Director of Student Engagement

A 1985 graduate of the Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts, Ms. Malveaux received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in Mass Communications with minors in English, Business, and Music in May 1989.  She received a Master in Social Work Degree in May 1996 from the Southern University at New Orleans’ graduate program with a focus in administration, planning, and organization.

Dr. Bruce Craig

Network Group Facilitator/Content Specialist

Bruce Craig is a Content Specialist in the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.  He is a member of the Student Engagement Team, responsible for creating and promoting initiatives that enhance student development and postsecondary opportunities through interaction with peers and career professionals.  Bruce has a Ph.D  in Public Policy and is a strong proponent of the value of education.   He sees himself as a bridge builder, helping youth traverse the perils of their educational journey – taking them from where they are to where they are supposed to be.

Martha Beardon

Network Group Facilitator/Content Specialist

Martha serves as our Content Specialist at LOSFA. With a background in education, Martha develops and enhances partnerships statewide with businesses, political leaders, post-secondary institutions, and non-profit organizations. She also assists with the development of programming offered by the Student Engagement division.

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