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Interim Director, Student Leadership & Community Engagement
Meggan Franks serves as the Interim Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement (SLCE), the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL), and the Maroon Volunteer Center. As Interim Director, Meggan manages leadership and community engagement programming at Mississippi State University. Under her guidance, the SLCE connects over 8,000 students, faculty, and staff with community agencies, leadership opportunities, and volunteer projects within the local community. Meggan is also the project supervisor for the Maroon Volunteer Center's 16-member AmeriCorps VISTA project.Meggan grew up in Athabasca, Alberta, Canada. She earned a B.S. in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising, and an M.B.A from Mississippi State University. She has two children, Madison and Patrick. Her husband, Houston, coaches cross country at Mississippi State.
Michelle Garraway rejoined the Mississippi State family as the Center for Community-Engaged Learning's (CCEL) Program Coordinator in August 2013. After graduating from MSU with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education in 2003, Michelle spent some time teaching in Alabama before moving to Hattiesburg, MS. There she served over 20 different area nonprofit agencies in her position as Community Impact Coordinator with the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. In 2010, Michelle and her husband David moved back to Starkville where she worked in the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District before coming on board with CCEL. Michelle enjoys connecting faculty with community partners and seeing their shared visions come to life.
Xi Chen is from Tianjin, China. She earned a B.S. from Shaoxing University, China in Textile Engineering and International Business in 2008, and an M.S. in General Education from University of Bridgeport, CT in 2012. Currently, Xi is working on her PhD in Educational Psychology at Mississippi State University. Before joining CCEL, she worked as a graduate assistant with the Montgomery Leadership Program (a three semester service-learning program focusing on student leadership development and professional growth) at MSU for two years. In spring 2017, Xi received the Best Research Paper Award from the College of Education Research Symposium at MSU for a research study she had been doing about service-learning. Her goal is to create an environment allowing faculty, staff, students and community partners to share the benefits of community-engaged learning together.