Academic Advancement

ACE Mentors

ACE mentors are selected each spring to support the ACE program for the following school year. ACE mentors are upper-classmen students who have completed the ACE program, demonstrated leadership on campus, and are committed to helping their peers succeed.

Mentor Application Deadline: March 31st, 2014


Graduate Assistant Biographies

Tamara Nelson (Graduate Assistant and support to ACE) is a third year doctoral student in clinical psychology here at Clark. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Exercise Science from Rutgers University and her M.P.H. in Epidemiology from San Diego State University. Prior to attending Clark, Tamara worked as a Research Associate in the research and evaluation department at the Boston Public Health Commission. Tamara enjoys working with directly with the ACE students and assisting the Office of Academic Advancement.


Current Mentor Biographies

Brendan Toussaint

Brendan Toussaint is a senior (Class of 2014), majoring in Theater with a minor in Management, at Clark University. During his time at Clark he has participated in the ACE program as a student his first year. Then his sophomore through senior year he has participated as a mentor. One thing he has loved about the ACE program is how much the program helped him acclimate to Clark.

This is why he has mentored for the program, to help others see the value in the program. Clark University has helped Brendan find his passion not only for acting, but also for playwriting. This past fall 2013 semester Brendan wrote a play titled Guy Code, which was produced at the Clark University Little Center part of the Bi-Annual New Play Festival.

He has always had a passion for performing, and Clark has helped him develop this passion. While working for the Academic Advancement department Brendan has learned how to network and he has built many connections with different individuals here at Clark. He has enjoyed his time at Clark University and looks forward to his future after Clark.


Tajshana Solomon

Tajshana Solomon is a sophomore (Class of 2016), majoring in Psychology with a minor in Education and a concentration in Race and Ethnic Relations. Outside of school, Tajsh likes to dance and is currently on HHC (Hip Hop Collabo) which is the Hip Hop dance group on campus. Tajsh loved being a mentor for the ACE program because she loved helping incoming students transition into college.


Mehran Mehrdad Ali

Mehran Mehrdad Aliis a sophomore (Class of 2016) with a double major in Geography and Studio Art and a Minor in Music. His hobbies and interests outside of academics include strolling, playing guitar, drawing and painting, traveling, and foreign films. He strongly supports the ACE Summer Institute because it helped him tremendously, which is why he chose to become a mentor. He believes that the ACE program gives students of diverse backgrounds and experiences a leg up in understanding and dealing with the level of rigor they will face in college. It also teaches students how to make use of all the resources available to them.


Sweta LamaSweta Lama is a sophomore (Class of 2016) majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major in Pre-Med Track. Outside of academics, Sweta enjoys dancing. She loves the environment in Academic Advancement because it is different from other offices at Clark. Academic Advancement makes her feel very welcomed and supported.


Colin Dollard is a sophomore (Class of 2016). His major is environmental science and policy with a mix minor of math and computer science. Outside of class, he likes to hang out with friends, play sports and interact with other students on campus. He became an ACE Mentor because when he was a freshman the program allowed him to make connections with other students and faculty. As a sophomore, he became a mentor for the ACE program because he wanted incoming freshmen to know what to expect when coming into college and to help them to make connections with faculty and upperclassmen as well.