Elaine S. Brooks, Ph.D.

Academic Director |

Dr. Elaine S. Brooks is originally from California and has lived and worked in New Orleans for 26 years. Dr. Brooks accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Spanish in 1989, having completed a Ph.D. in Spanish Medieval Literature from the University of California at Davis. She was promoted to Full Professor at UNO in 2007. She has published articles on 15th-century Iberian cancionero poetry and is also one of the authors of the first digital textbook in Spanish entitled Nosotros. In recent years her research interests have expanded to include translation studies and interdisciplinary approaches to the Spanish masterpiece, La Celestina. Dr. Brooks became the Academic Director of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008, and she continues to develop new course work that involves methodologies of integrative learning.


Dan Harper

Associate Director |

Dan has been employed with UNO for 19 years. He started with BGS as a Counselor in 1996 and now holds the position of Associate Director for Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to his duties with IDS he also serves as the Coordinator for the National Student Exchange Program at UNO. Prior to arriving at UNO he worked for LSU in Eunice for 5 years where he held positions as Director of Student Activities and Orientation, Tutorial Coordinator, and Counselor. Dan graduated from Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) University with a M.S. in Counseling in 1990 and is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He was a late higher education bloomer as he did not enroll in college until he was 34. After holding several jobs between the ages of 14 and 34 he decided to give college a try as means to move forward in a career. Like many students, regardless of age, he was not sure what he wanted to be when he grew up! He tried out several majors before settling in to the best personal and academic fit. In short, entering college turned out to be the right decision as it has led him to where he is today. Like many other transplants, Dan visited New Orleans for the first time as a tourist and fell in love with the city. At that point (25+years ago) he declared that one day he would live and work in NOLA. And here he is today with no regrets!


Silvia Rojas Hayes

Silvia Rojas Hayes

Academic Advisor | Interdisciplinary Studies

Silvia began her career in academic advising at UNO January 2017. However, her career in higher education began as an undergraduate student at Point Loma Nazarene University. “I never knew that I could have a career in helping students go to college and promote higher education. Higher education found me, and over the years it has become my passion.” As an undergraduate student she assisted the admissions office with local recruitment in San Diego’s high schools; and upon graduating was hired as an admissions counselor. Silvia received her B.A. in Mass Communication; her plan was to become a news reporter. She pursued her dream career in news and moved to Fresno, California’s Central Valley to work as an editor at a news radio station. A year later, she returned to the world of admissions and recruitment, joining the team at Fresno Pacific University where she would earn her M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Studies. In 2009 she accepted a position as Director of Enrollment and Marketing at Esperanza College of Eastern University in Philadelphia, PA. Her most challenging and rewarding work thus far, she was charged with establishing an infrastructure for admissions and recruitment and implementing marketing initiatives. Esperanza embodied everything that she was passionate about, working with Latino students and families, first generation, and at-risk students who needed an open door to pursue their dreams of a college education. Now, at UNO she looks forward to working directly with students and supporting them as they work towards their academic and career goals. Silvia was born in Mexico and grew up in California’s Silicon Valley. She and her husband, a New Orleans native, moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2016.


Jennifer Grant

Jennifer Grant

Academic Advisor |

Jennifer Grant is from Little Rock, Arkansas where she most recently served as an Educational Counselor in the Center for Student and Career Services at the University of Arkansas—Little Rock. She has served as a NACADA proposal reader and on an Academic Advising Task Force. She has worked in higher education over 5 years. Jennifer enjoys playing with her dogs and traveling.