Christy C. Coker, Director
As Student Advocate and Director of Student Outreach Services (SOS), Ms. Coker serves as liaison for students as a resource to help make important connections between students and campus entities as well as organizations beyond Hendrix. She believes self-exploration at many levels is necessary in order to reach the level of "being all that one can be" — a concept beyond just obtaining a degree and accepting a job.
Prior to taking the position with SOS, Ms. Coker served as Director of Hendrix College, Career Services for seven years. She has a MA in Communication, with an emphasis in nonverbal and interpersonal; and a BSE in Communication Education (speech and drama). Ms. Coker has taught undergraduate courses in small group communication, communication anxiety, communication contexts, business and professional communication, advanced public speaking, public speaking, interpersonal communication, problem-solving and has overseen an internship placement program for both graduates and undergraduates. She has been a faculty member with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Arkansas, Petit Jean Technical College, and Arkansas Tech University. Prior to that, she worked for Arkansas Government promoting welfare reformation that focused on job development and placement.
She was a state delegate for the President's Summit for America's Future and America's Promise headed by General Colin Powell. As a former Chief Professional Officer (CPO) for a multi-county nonprofit, she serves as a consultant and advisor for nonprofit organizations and grass roots political campaigns, is a special event planner, and is a member of various local organizations. Ms. Coker is a graduate of the 2006 Faulkner County Leadership Institute.
David Brown, Assistant
As the assistant to the Director, David works with Operation Reach Out (ORO) and assists Ms. Coker in her day-to-day tasks. He enjoys writing and studying poetry, listening to music, and reading. He's a co-host of a radio show at Hendrix (That's Legit). In addition, he's originally from Houston, Texas and has three younger sisters. He feels lucky to have the opportunity to help in anyway possible with his fellow classmates and understands how it feels to need help.
Farai Musariri, SOAR Team Leader
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Farai Musariri is the first of only two sons in his family. A passionate thinker and writer, Farai is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major who is also interested in social entrepreneurship. He has been a member of the SOAR Team since its inception in the Fall of 2013, and has served diligently as both a team member and team treasurer since then. He is excited to see the program grow to reach alienated students on campus, particularly socio-economic minorities, to insure that they are not left out of the Hendrix bubble as was the case a few years ago. Farai is a very engaged student who is also the current Head Resident Assistant for Southside, the Vice President for NASA (Ngoma Africa Students Association) and has worked in multiple campus committees in his time at Hendrix. He hopes to use his network and connections to see to the dissolution of socio-economic barriers to access to education at Hendrix.
Ryan Rose, QUEST Team Leader
Half raised in southern California and half raised in northern Arkansas, Ryan is currently a junior double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He is the charter head of QUEST and is working to include sections of the Hendrix student population not captured by SOAR. He was a VAC Representative, Vice President of Couch Hall Council, and a SOAR mentor his sophomore year. He hopes to make QUEST as successful an organization as SOAR.