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Megan Barry

Director - Align Program

Meg Barry

Contact

Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
256 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Meg Barry, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Biography

Meg Barry is the Director of the Align program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. Prior to joining Northeastern, Meg worked for Teach for America in Houston, Texas, where she taught 3rd and 5th grade reading. She earned her BA in politics from the University of Virginia, and her MA in higher education and administration from Boston College. Her involvement with the Residential Staff Program while studying at the University of Virginia is what first lead to her interest in education. Meg enjoys working with Northeastern University’s diverse and talented student body, supporting them in both their academic and professional endeavors.

Education

  • MA in Higher Education and Administration, Boston College
  • BA in Politics, University of Virginia

What are the specifics of your educational/career background?

I attended the University of Virginia where I received a BA in Politics. I later received a MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, while working fulltime in a few advising roles.

What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Creating a positive student experience is the key focus of my work with Align students. I collaborate closely with the Boston and regional campus teams to develop initiatives and strategies for supporting students’ learning inside and outside of the classroom. My passion is advising students throughout their educational journey. I love that my job here at Northeastern includes working directly with students from diverse backgrounds and supporting their academic and professional goals.

What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at CCIS?

The College of Computer and Information Science is a dynamic place, with faculty and students contributing research that will have an important impact upon society both locally and globally. And with our groundbreaking Align program we are helping individuals previously outside the world of computer science begin an exciting pathway toward a career in technology.  The fact that we are helping to change the face of tech for future generations is incredibly exciting.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I am a Boston native and spent most of my life living here in Massachusetts. Boston is one of my favorite cities and an exciting place for higher education and technology.

What led you to work in your field and/or study at your college?

Beginning with my undergraduate involvement in residential life, I developed an interest in working in higher education. I love the combination of counseling, programming, and strategic planning involved in academic advising and program development.