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Melissa Frazin

Assistant Director, Career Services


Office Phone:

(312) 996-2300


Melissa "Missy" Frazin is passionate about building strong, supportive relationships with diverse young people as they work to achieve their career and life goals. She was once an indecisive undergraduate student who struggled to pick a major. She understands the challenges that students may face in selecting a major (and ultimately) a career that fits them. She brings 15+ years of experience mentoring and advising 1,000+ young adults, many of whom are from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious and racial backgrounds. Prior to working at UIC, she managed Jumpstart, a team-based, work-study/AmeriCorps program at DePaul University, overseeing 50+ college student mentors providing support to 200+ preschoolers per year in Chicago. Missy brings a multitude of experiences in the non-profit sector as an employee, volunteer and associate board member for various non-profit and educational organizations. Missy has presented on career development topics to numerous organizations in the Chicagoland area including College Possible, the Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN), and Housing Action Illinois. Missy is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a certified career coach (Global Career Development Facilitator - GCDF). In addition, Missy is a proud AmeriCorps NCCC alumna whose commitment to working with youth began as a college student when she mentored students at Helen S. Elementary School in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and 2 graduate degrees, M.Ed. in Counseling & a M.A. in Elementary Education, from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.