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Valerie Jiggetts joined ASA in June 2009 as the Academic and Professional Affairs Program Assistant. She graduated in 2008 from Spelman College with a degree in sociology and a concentration in Race and Gender in Higher Education. As a senior she completed a thesis exploring how Spelman College's African Diaspora and the World courses affected the self-concept of black female students. Prior to joining ASA, Valerie was a volunteer at the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, assisting with a campaign to destigmatize mental illness among U.S. veterans. When not working, Valerie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Michele Muller joined ASA as the Program Assistant for Governance & Information Systems in May. She is assisting with website management as well as the ASA Awards and Committees. Michele relocated from Philadelphia, PA, a little more than a year ago where she received her BA in Human Communication and Sociology from La Salle University. She spent part of last year in Granada, Nicaragua, teaching English and coordinating doctor visits with primary school children. With a boundless enthusiasm for advocacy and education, Michele teaches a weekly adult citizenship class for Latin American immigrants in her free time.