CDI welcomes new Executive Vice President Rachel Mazyck to the fold. She joins CDI after spending two years on the Chief Academic Officer’s team in the Baltimore City Public Schools. Among other duties, she oversaw strategic planning and teacher professional development across the schools in the district. Dr. Mazyck graduated with Highest Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar. After spending two years as a Teach for America teacher in Indianola, Mississippi, she earned a Masters in Education from Harvard. She then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a D.Phil. in Education and serving as a Junior Dean at Oxford’s Harris Manchester College. With her distinguished background, Dr. Mazyck is an excellent fit for CDI and will no doubt be an inspiration for our Scholars. Today, her first at CDI, she answers a few questions for blog readers.
CDI has been helping Scholars successfully find their way since 2005. What is your vision for CDI’s future?
I am excited to join the CDI team; so much good work has been done already! My vision includes making sure that we have codified all the good practices that make CDI successful. I look forward to supporting the expansion of CDI to reach a broader group of students, with our systematized approach captured in a clear and concise way.
What are some of the challenges you foresee with that vision?
One of the things that makes CDI so special is the individualized approach that the counselors and tutors take with each student. It can be a challenge to maintain that quality of tailored support as a program expands, but that individualized attention is essential to making CDI work. I am committed to working with the team to maintain the core values that make CDI great.
Now that CDI has been around long enough to see Scholars graduate from college, we will have an ever-expanding alumni network each year. How do you hope to harness the energy and enthusiasm of our graduates?
I am so excited about the CDI alumni! I’ve had the opportunity to speak with several CDI college graduates, and I look forward to bringing them together and hearing their thoughts on how CDI can continue to support them. I have been dreaming about an alumni network where CDI graduates can get advice, discover job opportunities, connect current Scholars with internships, serve as mentors for current Scholars, and help us refine our model so that each year our Scholars are better prepared for success in college. Those are my dreams, but I would love to hear from both current CDI Scholars and graduates about what their vision for an alumni network might entail. If you have some ideas, please get in touch!