Randi Ferguson has worked in higher education, primarily with underrepresented populations, for over 10 years. For the past four years, Randi has served as the Assistant Director for the Educational Opportunity Fund Program at Rutgers University-Camden – an access and support program for first-generation, low-income students. Within this role, Randi is responsible for overseeing the program’s counselors, recruitment initiatives, grant allocation and distribution, communication and outreach strategies, as well as the development and implementation of programs and initiatives to promote engagement and retention among students. In previous roles, Randi has directly supported underserved populations as both an academic advisor and as a counselor, identifying and addressing student needs through 1:1 meetings and the facilitation of academic, personal, and career-oriented programs.
Randi holds an M.S. degree in counseling from Central Connecticut State University, and is currently a degree candidate in the Doctorate of Education program at Rutgers University. Her research is focused on understanding the experiences of first-generation, low-income students in higher education and the sources of social capital they have found to be beneficial for their retention and persistence.