Brenda Fisher, MSAssistant Director of Student Development University of Illinois COM, RockfordUrban Health Program
Brenda Fisher oversees the COM-UHP Medical Student Development Program at the Rockford campus. Her focus is to develop and implement programs that support overall academic excellence for all Rockford campus medical students ,working with students who are underrepresented in medicine (URiM). Mrs. Fisher also collaborates with internal and external partners ,working closely with the deans of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Medical Education and Evaluation and Diversity & Inclusion to ensure students’ success. Brenda also works to develop holistic programing by partnering with Student Success Team and other college-wide committees to promote evidence based best practices . Brenda evaluates and recommends policy that impact student learning and training environments; facilitates and supports scholarly activities; provides students with essential enrichment, leadership and professional development opportunities to help them become better learners; offers comprehensive academic support services and resources; serves as a student advocate and assists in the promotion of a diverse and inclusive environment all while designing/conducting appropriate research to monitor progress toward College and departmental goals.
Prior to coming to COM-UHP, Brenda was the Director of Rock Valley College Upward Bound Program.
She is originally from Rockford, Illinois and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Human Services from Illinois Roosevelt University, Chicago.