Student Development & Leadership

Meet the Staff

Sean P. Fagan
Associate Director of Student Development & Leadership

Sean P. Fagan The atmosphere of a college or university campus is unlike any other. The energy that the students bring combined with the opportunities for creative outlets and experiential learning is unlike any other place to work. As an undergraduate, I attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL. From the moment I arrived, I realized the benefits of being involved in activities around campus. As a member of several organizations, I held numerous executive board positions. Personally, my college experience was enhanced by being able to contribute to the campus life during my tenure.

My work at Lewis began in August of 2009 as a graduate assistant for SDL. At the time I was earning my master's degree in organizational leadership. Working with students gave me the opportunity develop skills and explore career options in higher education. I was delighted to accept a full-time position following my graduation. Armed with the knowledge my studies have provided me, my work with SDL allows me put theories into practice. If I can help the students at Lewis finds ways to "leave their mark" while they are here, I feel like I have been successful.

Bradley University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology; May 2005

Lewis University
Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership; December 2010

Favorite Quotes:
"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
-Mark Twain

"There is something that is much more scarce, something far finer, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability."
-Elbert Hubbard
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Sophia Barakat
Coordinator of Student Development and Leadership

Sophia Barakat Lewis has been my home since 2008 and I am truly blessed to continue my journey working as the Coordinator for Student Development and Leadership. I received both my Bachelors and Masters here at Lewis University. I love the home-like atmosphere the Lewis community gives to their students, faculty and staff. This is my opportunity to work with student leaders to impact, develop, and leave a legacy in their college career. I am very excited and I will continue to have the open door policy for the Lewis students.

I am originally from Oak Lawn and I was very involved with my high school and that mindset continued to Lewis. Being involved creates long-lasting relationships and you have a better understanding of yourself. Lewis does offer a wide range of organizations for our students and I will continue to challenge students to raise their standards every time. I also did several service projects ranging from Guardian Angel Home to Mission trips such as Bolivia and the Philippines. When I am not busy running around helping students or doing a service project, I enjoy a good road trip with my friends or enjoy a nice cup of coffee watching Grey’s Anatomy, House of Cards, Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds, or SpongeBob.

Favorite Quotes:
“If you believe in yourself and with a tiny pinch of magic, all your dreams can come true.”
–SpongeBob Squarepants.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
-Hans Christian Andersen
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