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Office of Student Retention Initiatives (SRI)

We help students find the best version of themselves through personalized coaching and student support. Student Success Coaches and Student Support Specialists work one-on-one in collaboration with the student to develop skills for success in and out of the classroom, navigate UA Little Rock, and develop balance between school and life.

SRI staff are available to meet with students face-to-face, virtually, or over the phone. The offices are located in Charles W. Donaldson Student Services Center (SSC) on the 3rd floor.

Success Coach Team

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Our Student Success Coaches Can Help With:
Academic Success Skills: Classroom Success: Life Skills:
  • Time Management & Organization Skills
  • Study Skills & Test Preparation
  • Goal Setting & Strategizing
  • Learning Styles Exploration
  • Forming Study Groups
  • Building Productive Faculty Relationships
  • Motivation VS Procrastination
  • Personal Health
  • Relationship Building
  • Grit ~ Resiliency ~ Skills to Thrive

Meet Our Student Support Coaches

Laura Casey | Student Success Coach

Ms. Casey is a Student Success Coach with the UA Little Rock Student Retention Initiatives (SRI) team. She recently moved to Arkansas from Kansas City, MO. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s in College Student Personnel. Above all, Ms. Casey enjoys helping students find meaning in their college experiences and teaching skills that contribute to students’ success. When not coaching students, she spends her time enjoying music, trivia, good food, TV shows, and entertainment.


Dominque Thomas | Student Success Coach

Mr. Thomas is the Student Success Coach with the UA Little Rock Student Affairs Diversity Initiative (SADI). He was born in Pine Bluff, but was raised in North Little Rock. He is an alumnus of UA Little Rock. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs. Mr. Thomas is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Southwestern Theological Seminary. In his spare time, he likes to work out, yoga, sit in solitude, read and watch sports. His favorite TV show is Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Mr. Thomas has spent most of his career working in higher education in the capacity of mentorship, instructor, and coach for collegiate students. He enjoys working with students and helping students to be outstanding critical thinkers and problem-solvers.