- M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania
- B.S., Psychology, Georgetown University
Strategic: Being a strategic thinker helps me to not be overwhelmed with complex situations that are common in my job, to sort through many pieces of information and to anticipate what is around the corner. I think this helps me to find ways of connecting students to off campus opportunities and to build relationships with community partners.
Ideation: I am energized by the world of ideas and can find connections between seemingly very different situations or phenomena. This helps a lot with Praxis, as I seek to discover and create fieldwork connections to academic courses and goals.
Creativity: In my career, I have enjoyed starting new programs that are developed to meet the needs of the organizations and communities that I am a part of.
Change and Variety: Being able to sustain programs requires adjusting to changes in priorities, needs and people in an organization. I appreciate such changes and see them as opportunities to grow personally and professionally.
Teamwork: I love working closely with other staff and with students and faculty to build community partnerships, to problem solve, and to build a vibrant Praxis Program.
My job during college was: working as a translator and after-school program at Georgetown Children’s House, a United Way day care center that served immigrant families. When I graduated, I was hired there as an Assistant to the Director and Social Worker. This experience led me to apply to seek a graduate degree in Social Work.
On the personal side, I live in Philadelphia and have a daughter, two step-sons and five grandchildren, ages 4-22. Two things I enjoy outside of work are: doing yoga and playing with my four year old grandchild, Jane. I spent part of my childhood in Santiago, Chile and appreciate every opportunity to speak Spanish.
Causes I am passionate about include Immigrant Justice and College Access.
My favorite place on campus is: the Campus Center lounge because I always run into students, staff and faculty and have a chance to say “hi” and catch up.
Nell Anderson has led the development of the Praxis Program for almost 20 years. As the Director of Praxis and Community Partnership Programs, she works closely with faculty, students and community partners to develop relationships and sustainable partnerships between the College and organizations in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.
Nell has an M.S.W. (University of Pennsylvania) and a B.S. in Psychology (Georgetown) and has many years of experience in higher education, program management, and counseling. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, Nell was Director of Academic Support Services at Saint Joseph’s University. In that role, she worked to increase college access and success for first generation college students.
At Bryn Mawr, Nell was the On-Campus Mentor for Boston Posse 3; She currently serves on the 360 Steering Committee and the Watson Committee; she is currently a Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) and a member of PHENND’s K-16 Partnerships Initiative Steering Committee.