Mercades Parker

Student Support Specialist

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Ms. Mercades Parker is a native Arkansan, born in Texarkana, AR but raised in the small town of Ashdown, AR. She is a double alumnus of UA Little Rock. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in psychology, sociology, and health sciences. She earned her Master of Social Work degree and is licensed to practice as a Licensed Master Social Worker. Ms. Parker has worked in various college departments, including facilities management, Academic Advising, Student Support, and Campus Living, and the Academic Affairs Retention Office. Mercades has mental health counseling experience through her work at Methodist Family Health, The Bridgeway, and The Arkansas State Hospital. As a first-generation graduate and single mother, Mercades has overcome many obstacles faced by students. Mercades is excited about helping students to succeed. She believes, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” Mercades enjoys being a mother to her daughter and Goldendoodle, spending time with her family, and binge-watching television series.

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