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Melissa Walker

Director, TRIO Training Academy / Associate Director, Talent Search Program

Ellis University, B.A.
Concordia University-Portland, M.A.
The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D.

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“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Melissa has been with Educational Equity since May 2014 and an employee of Penn State since December 2010.

In addition to her professional role, Melissa is a Learning Partner at Penn State's Center for Workplace Learning and Performance. As a Learning Partner, she provides leadership and diversity training for multiple departments across University Park. Prior to joining the University, Melissa spent over twelve years working in the software industry developing training curriculums for human resources in diversity, leadership, teamwork, and communication. She has run volunteer training programs for domestic violence centers in Santa Ana, California, as well as volunteer research and training design for the California Department of Corrections.

“What makes the desert beautiful,' said the little prince, 'is that somewhere it hides a well...” 
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Melissa is the daughter of an Air Force Colonel, making her journey through childhood both philosophical and geographical. Born in Laundstuhl, Germany, she spent many years traveling as a young woman whose father served multiple ambassadors throughout Europe. When they finally settled in the Uniteds States, Melissa became a resident of Southern California. Never one to be idle, she married an active duty Navy person who toted her around the Pacific Northwest, but returned her to Southern California upon his discharge from the military.