Justin Fontenot (he/him/his) is Campus Compact’s Connect2Complete Program Manager as of August 2019. In this position, Justin and the program’s AmeriCorps members focuses on removing academic barrier for first-generation, low-income, and students of color in academic institutions throughout the state of Oregon. This is done through the practice of attendance initiatives, service-learning, restorative justice, and family engagements. Before Campus Compact, Justin worked at Self Enhancement, Inc. (where he worked with families experiencing homeless in an effort to find stable housing) and with the Department of Human Services (as both a Child Protective Services caseworker and Child Abuse Hotline Screener). Those two experienced instill a focus on engaging people with compassion, transparency, support, honesty, and trauma informed practices. Additionally, he has experienced both community oriented and very isolated supports while obtaining is B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas-El Paso and M.A. in Sociology at the University of Oregon. Experiencing the supportive differences at these schools, in addition to experiencing them as a first-generation, low-income, cis black man, informs his philosophies and work with Campus Compact. On a more fun and personal note, he is the proud dog dad of a longhaired pitbull mix named Leeroy. Being born and raised in southeast Texas, Justin often finds himself missing quality Cajun and Mexican food (where are the real sopapillas in this state!?). He also spends an overwhelmingly large amount of his time going to concerts (particularly ska, punk, reggae, industrial, and metal shows), cooking anything and everything from scratch (but never ever baking), and playing video games (particularly Civilization IV). Lastly, Justin is currently working on deepening his understanding of relational neurobiology and how that works with the trauma that all humans experience.