Fatima Sartbay will be joining the CALS Transitional Advising and Outreach Services (TAOS) unit for the coming year to serve as a contact person and liaison for prospective student activities and queries, among other TAOS tasks. She will assume many of the duties previously held by Cindy Fendrick, who will be serving in an interim role within the Farm and Industry Short Course for the next year.
Sartbay completed her M.A. degree in Anthropology at UW-Madison. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from American University – Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. For the past two years, she has been deeply involved with improving the educational opportunities of underrepresented students in the Madison area. She worked as an instructor of ethnic studies courses in the University of Wisconsin–Madison PEOPLE Program and serves in educational programs for multicultural residents in her low-income Madison Bayview neighborhood. She volunteers as a Mentor for the L&S Career Development Class, and loves helping students assess their interests and skills and explore possible majors and careers. Most of all, she loves seeing students succeed and spending time with her family.