Office of Student Development
The Office of Student Development builds community and develops experiences that encourage and support student success. We provide a range of services, which include coordinating institutional events, planning new student orientation, developing leadership programs, supporting diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, overseeing student governments and organizations and collaborating with campus partners. We look forward to helping you feel connected at HSC!
For general Student Affairs questions, please visit the 2nd floor of the Student Service Center during business hours.
Lori Saunders, MS
Assistant Director, Student Services
Ashlee received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Living from Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a Master of Science degree in Child Development, with a focus in Child Life from Texas Woman’s University.
Ashlee has been at UNTHSC for over three years and was promoted to Assistant Director in June 2019. In this role she coordinates institutional events including Commencement, White Coat Ceremony, Discover myHSC Day and the Campus Crawl.
Ashlee’s background and passion for working with students and program planning comes from her previous career in healthcare, as she served as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX for six years. There she supported a 36 bed unit, while also Chairing the Child Life Practicum Program, Internship and Practicum Student Supervisor, as well as Chair and member of the Remembrance Breakfast Planning Committee.
Ashlee enjoys providing opportunities that empower student leadership and inter-professional education practices.
Strengths: Discipline, Responsibility, Relator, Developer, Maximizer
Aubrey Rife, MS
Student Development Specialist
Brittani received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work with a minor in Substance Abuse and Addiction from The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and earned a Master of Science degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from The University of Texas Arlington in Arlington, TX.
With a diverse background in non-profit, profit, and higher education, Brittani joined the Office of Student Development in 2021 after working in the School of Health Professions for one year. Her experience providing services and developing engaging programs within the Fort Worth community assist her current role where she plans, coordinates, and executes institutional programs including Family and Social Programming, Student Leadership Academy, Rising Leaders, Leadership Council, and more.
Brittani is excited to use her education and experience to create a welcoming atmosphere for students to engage, gain resources, and the education needed to thrive.
Strengths: Woo, Achiever, Input, Focus and Connectedness
Student Development Specialist
Dwala received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Education in Counseling-Student Affairs from Texas A&M University- Commerce.
Prior to her arrival at The University of North Texas Health Science Center, Dwala worked in Campus Activities and Multicultural & Diversity programming. Her experience in programming, student development, leadership and inclusion assists her now in her current role working with Student Organizations and Governments as well as additional programming across campus.
Dwala is passionate about student engagement, inclusion and assisting students here at UNTHSC. She hopes to be an inclusive, supportive and motivating resource to assist students in reaching their personal, professional and academic goals.
UNT Health Science Center
Student Service Center, 204
1051 Haskell Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm