ATLANTA, GA — February 2020 — The National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) has honored Macia Outlaw, a sophomore biology (health sciences) major at Mississippi College, as one of four National Transfer Student Ambassadors for 2020.
Along with several other annual award winners, Outlaw was recognized during the opening session of the NISTS 2020 Annual Conference held at the Intercontinental Buckhead hotel in Atlanta. He and the other ambassadors—Kaylee Cheng from California State University, Channel Islands; Jahine Grady from Morehouse College; and Tania Nasrollahi from the University of California, Los Angeles—also participated in a student-led panel discussion in the conference’s first concurrent breakout session. Describing her conference experience, Outlaw said, “I think it’s so important that transfer students are involved in all decision-making and even mentorship between one another. Faculty need to connect current students with prospective students to establish mentorships because students coming to a new university, new college, are very new, and they would like somebody to look up to in that process.” Outlaw was selected to participate in the Ambassador program through a national competition. Nominees were asked to submit a letter of recommendation, resume, and a written and video response describing their transfer journey, advocacy efforts on behalf of transfers, and how their personal interests match this opportunity. All four winners demonstrated excellence in leadership, public speaking skills, and potential for sharing meaningful information with post-secondary transfer professionals at the local and national level. You can learn more about Outlaw’s transfer journey on the NISTS blog.
Through education, research, and advocacy, the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) brings together higher education practitioners, researchers, faculty, policy-makers, and administrators to explore the pressing issues and obstacles related to transfer student success. We equip professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to actively advocate for transfer students, challenge the status quo, and reach beyond specific roles to develop holistic, inclusive, and seamless student experiences.