Meet the Staff

The First Year Experience Program (FYEP) Manager is responsible for facilitating an exemplary program of new student orientation and year-long transition programs designed to integrate students into Gonzaga's Jesuit Catholic university community, promote retention, and facilitate academic success. In addition, the FYEP Manager will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Office of Parent & Family Programs to involve and educate parents regarding how they may serve as a resource to their college student and support his/her retention and success.

Kelly Alvarado is the Manager of the First Year Experience Programs. She is a first generation, Latina college graduate from Seattle University with a Master’s in Student Development Administration and a Bachelor’s from The Evergreen State College in Community and Organizational Development.

Kelly’s passion is helping decrease barriers for students to engage to their fullest potential in and out of the classroom. Her research interests include Latino/a student engagement, ethnic identity and leadership development. When she is not cheering on our Bulldogs at basketball games, she is out walking her little dog, Sebastian.