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Proactive & Integrated Student & Academic Support


The mission of the Proactive and Integrated Student and Academic Support Pathways inquiry group (PIZZAS) is to be model communicators, intentionally bringing the campus community together to investigate new and ongoing innovative, promising, and equitable support practices for students. At the heart of our mission are open, shared, and continuous inquiry and learning. Our goal is to integrate support services into the fabric of students’ learning experiences at Mesa, proactively meeting students where they are and supporting their educational achievement.


  1. Assess student needs and gaps in understanding related to support services.
  2. Inquire into methods and opportunities for building direct relationships with students through student and academic support services.
  3. Assess departmental capacities & resource needs for both instructional and student support services.
  4. Determine opportunities for collaboration and sharing of resource with and among various grants and other resources available to the campus to ensure success and longevity of these programs.


  1. Meet students where they are: student research related to service perceptions and gaps will be explored. Proposals for enhanced services will be developed.
  2. Assess departmental capacities & needs: assessments will help determine needs.
  3. Broad collaboration among support areas: opportunities for large-scale/innovative means for collaboration will be recommended.

Meeting Times:

Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm. Meetings are being held virtually until further notice.

Meeting Dates:

Fall Semester 2020 Spring Semester 2021
  • August 24
  • September 10 & 24
  • October 8 & 22
  • November 12
  • December 10
  • February 11 & 25
  • March 11 & 25
  • April 8 & 22
  • May 13 & 27

Agendas & Meeting Notes:

Spring Semester 2020 Fall Semester 2019


Name Title Department / Program / Affiliations
Mark Manasse (Co-Chair) Professor Learning Resources and Academic Support
Trina Larson (Co-Chair) Admin Sec. Student Services
Brian Mackus Instructional Support Supervisor STEM
Erika Higginbotham Professor DSPS
Hai Hoang Research Analyst Research Office
Howard Eskew Pathways Coordinator Business Faculty
Johanna Aleman Basic Needs Coordinator Student Services
Katie Palacios Assistant Professor LOFT
Leticia Diaz Director EOPS
Markus Berrien Assistant Professor/Counselor EOPS/NextUP
Ngoc Kim Tran Professor Math
Olivia Picolla SST Evaluations
Sade Burrell Assistant Professor/Counselor EOPS/CARE/NextUp
Suzanne Khambata Director Student Health Services
Zoe Adler Instructional Assistant Learning Resources and Academic Support