We are excited to announce that Odgerel (Oge) Dashzeveg has joined the Think College team as program assistant for the National Coordinating Center and Inclusive Higher Education Network.
A little more about Oge:
Odgerel has over 15 years of experience in international development, managing education, economic development, poverty alleviation, and post-transition community rehabilitation projects targeting low-income families and communities, particularly in Mongolia. She is passionate about improving the lives of disadvantaged groups and individuals, including women, ethnic minorities, migrants, and people with disabilities.
After earning her master’s degree in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University, she worked as a research fellow with Neighborworks’ America and a visiting research scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies and Research Center. Odgerel is a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, which motivated her to pursue a doctoral study in inclusive development at the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) at UMass Boston. While pursuing her doctoral degree, she joined the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in 2015 as a graduate research assistant and contributed to several research projects, including the Think College Transition Project.
I am excited to join the Think College to assist with the National Coordinating Center and Inclusive Higher Education Network projects.
Before my graduate studies, I worked for several international and local development agencies. I gained extensive experience in community-based development, enabling disadvantaged families and individuals to have social and economic opportunities and further thrive in their work and life. My work inspired me to develop my skills to solve more complex issues that our communities deal with in today’s globalized world.
My graduate and post-graduate educational opportunities at Brandeis University and UMass Boston allowed me to engage more in academic research, particularly in inclusive higher education initiatives and projects in which I have developed more passion and career interest. Throughout my graduate assistantship at ICI, I have had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for the Think College Transition Project, Vision Studies, and Core Grant Needs Assessment project. It helped me to broaden my experience and knowledge in advancing postsecondary educational opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism. I look forward to working as part of the Think College team to advocate and create more equitable and inclusive access to post-secondary education and employment opportunities for individuals with IDD and autism.