Meet a Tiger: Chana Ashlan Land
She loves ice cream and dance. And she’s passionate about students. A graduate of Clemson with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, this assistant dean works in the newly branded Office of Advocacy and Success –its mission is to inspire an individual sense of belonging, student success and retention among Clemson’s students. Meet Chana Ashlan Land.
Years at Clemson: I have worked at Clemson University almost seven years total, but have only been in my current position within the Office of Advocacy and Success the last eight months. Most of my tenure at Clemson thus far was spent working at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) as a licensed professional counselor.
What I do at Clemson: Currently, I am the assistant dean of students. I work in a newly branded office called The Office of Advocacy and Success, which is a department of the Dean of Students Office within the division of Student Affairs. The Office of Advocacy and Success was created as part of the Student Affairs reorganization. The purpose The Office of Advocacy and Success is to serve all current Clemson students as a trusted place for care, advocacy and referrals to campus and community partners. We work to inspire an individual sense of belonging, student success and retention. We partner with students, their families, campus and community partners, faculty and staff to empower our students to achieve academic and personal success. We utilize the CARE network reporting system, Behavioral Intervention Team, Crisis Management Team, campus and community outreach and other means to provide service to students, faculty, staff, families and the community.
What I love about Clemson: I grew up in this area and went to Clemson for graduate school, earning a degree in clinical mental health counseling, so my Clemson roots run quite deep. Frankly, there is so much to love about this university, from the gorgeous landscape to the great people, but I love Clemson because I believe we have something really rare and special here. It’s difficult to put into words exactly what that something special is, but I can say I consistently hear from others how kind and welcoming Clemson folks are. Recently, I attended an international conference at which several people I met from different universities told me how when they visited Clemson, they were welcomed with open arms and treated like one of the Clemson family. One of those individuals was here with the opposing team for a football game in fall 2016. He shared how he met some Clemson fans at his hotel and they invited him to their tailgate. He said he had a wonderful time getting to know them and had never experienced such kindness and hospitality despite wearing the opposing team’s colors. He said Clemson made such a positive impression on him, he now finds himself cheering for us when he is not cheering for his home team. Stories such as that make me all the more proud to be a tiger.
Something most people don’t know about The Office of Advocacy and Success: Most people don’t know about The Office of Advocacy and Success at all because it is so new! I encourage anyone to learn more about us by checking out our new website.
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I’m most proud of the times when there was evidence that in some way I helped make a positive difference in someone’s life.
Where I see myself in five years: I thoroughly enjoy serving others and believe it is my mission or calling in life, so undoubtedly, that is what I’ll still be doing.
Last thing I watched on TV: If memory serves, I think the last thing I watched was an episode of House of Cards or Dexter. Either way, it was definitely something on Netflix!
Guilty pleasure: Ice cream. Sarah McLachlan has a song called, “Ice Cream” that starts with, “Your love is better than ice cream…” If I were to ever say those words to someone, it would be a VERY big deal!
One thing most people don’t know about me: Most people probably don’t know how much I love and need music and dance. I open Pandora before I get coffee or open a single email. I dare say I can barely function at work without music playing constantly! Sometimes a little dancing happens, but nothing too crazy.