April Smith is our THRIVE Program Coordinator. April has worked in higher education for the past 12 years. She has a Master of Science in College Student Personnel & Administration and is completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in higher education. April is a qualitative researcher, who studies the impact higher education has on formerly incarcerated women. One of April’s favorite quotes is from Nelson Mandela which states, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world (Nelson Mandela).” She believes this quote inspires her vision to aid in others’ informed success through continued education.