UWL Mission


Our mission is to provide accurate, high-quality information and resources that support all high school and college students on their educational path. 


Featured Contributors

Katy McWhirter
Writer & Historian

Katy is a nationally-recognized historian & writer based in Louisville, KY. After working abroad in educational marketing, Katy returned to the U.S. to combine her two passions: writing & education. She has also published one popular history book & is currently working on her second publication, a biography.

Andy Cofino
LGBTQ Center Higher Education Administrator

Andy Cofino is the Program Coordinator for the Princeton University LGBT Center & the Publications and Communications Chair of the Executive Board for the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Andy is a spoken word poet & educator who consults with organizations on issues of gender & sexuality with a specific focus on transgender identities. Andy received a B.A. in English and Women’s & Gender Studies from Pace University & an M.A. in Social Justice and Creative Writing from New York University. To connect with Andy, you can reach him at www.andycofino.com or @andycofino.




Jana Cary-Alvarez
Writer & Communications Assistant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Jana was educated in the Pacific Northwest & recently replanted to the Sonoran Desert. Her hobbies include birding, aquarium-keeping, drawing & of course, writing. In addition to her writing work, Jana is also a communications assistant for the deaf & hard of hearing.

Matthew Makomenaw
College Pathways Administrator, American Indian College Fund

Matthew Makomenaw, an enrolled member of the Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians tribes of Michigan, is the College Pathways Administrator for the American Indian College Fund. He also served as the director of the American Indian Resource Center at the University of Utah & as the director of Native American Programs at Central Michigan University. Makomenaw holds a doctorate degree in higher, adult & lifelong education from Michigan State University, where he completed his dissertation on the success of tribal college students transferring to four-year predominantly white institutions. Makomenaw’s research focuses on tribal college transfer students, Native American student college choice & Native American student success factors.



Dr. Crystal I. Lee
Psychologist & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Expert

Dr. Crystal I. Lee, a licensed psychologist & owner of LA Concierge Psychologist, provides care via house calls to families in Los Angeles. With specialized training in neurodevelopmental disorders, Dr. Lee is passionate about helping adolescents & emerging adults successfully launch into adulthood. She has spoken about the transition to college at various schools, support groups & professional conferences.



Amelia Roberts, BSN RN
Care Coordinator

Amelia Roberts BSN RN navigates families through the healthcare system as a care coordinator including working with college students who have autoimmune challenges. Her early work as a TYSABRI® Infusion nurse made her fall in love with the unique challenges of Teens & Young Adults with MS. She also runs her own business navigating professionals through challenges that come with doing business with those in the healthcare industry. Her blog is: www.thebusinessofnursing.com.