About LMU Guardian Scholars

lmu about guardian scholars program

The LMU Guardian Scholars Program provides programs, resources, services and support to meet the unique needs of our former/current foster youth, emancipated minors, homeless and independent students.

The program also serves as a one-stop shop committed to the development and engagement of Guardian Scholars in their leadership roles, community involvements and professional experiences.

Our goal is to engage Guardian Scholars as leaders within the LMU, Los Angeles and global community. We also aid in the successful completion of Guardian Scholars' undergraduate degrees and prepare Guardian Scholars for life after graduation.

Watch: Meet the Guardian Scholars

Contact Guardian Scholars

If you have questions, concerns, ideas or moments when you need a helping hand, contact the Guardian Scholars Program office. Whatever you need, GSP is here to help. Stop by to talk with us and check out our student lounge!

Office: Malone Student Center, Suite 301

Email: guardianscholarsprogram@lmu.edu

Phone: (310) 338-5252

Fax: (310) 258-4304

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Meet the Guardian Scholars Staff

Jennifer Belichesky-Larson, Ed.D., Assistant Dean, Student Success



Jennifer Belichesky-Larson received her BA in English Literature from California State University at Northridge (2000), a Master’s from LMU in English Literature and Rhetoric (2003), a second Master’s in Higher Education and Organizational Change from University of California at Los Angeles and earned her Ed.D from LMU. Jennifer started working at Loyola Marymount in the Fall of 2002 as a Teaching Fellow before transitioning to an Adjunct English Professor, then Director of the First Year Experience, and now as the Director of Student Success. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family 
and friends, traveling, reading, and dreams of becoming the world’s next Scrabble champion!

Julia Keighley, Associate Director of Student Success (First Year, Guardian Scholars, Transfer and Veteran Programs)

Julia earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. She has a passion for service and education. After completing her undergraduate studies, Julia embarked on a year of service with City Year (AmeriCorps) at Gompers Middle School in Los Angeles. During her tenure as a graduate student, Julia was elected as the President of Graduate Students of Loyola Marymount University (GSLMU), the graduate association on campus. Additionally, she served as the Senior Administrative Coordinator for Judicial Affairs and earned her Pupil Personnel Services credential in the 2014-15 academic year. Since she has joined the LMU community, Julia has invested in our students and their success at the university.