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TAM Peer Mentors

TAM Peer Mentors provide guidance and support for students pursuing a Textile & Apparel Management major, minor, or Digital Merchandising certificate. Peer Mentors can help students navigate the following:

  • Academics (understanding your degree program, course suggestions, degree checklist/planner, how to read a degree audit, how to communicate with your professor)
  • Career (resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn 101, how/where to search for positions, networking best practices and opportunities)
  • Involvement (student organizations, departmental involvement opportunities)
  • Campus Resources (resources available and how to find resources)

Olivia Aker

Olivia Aker

Hello all! My name is Olivia Aker, and I a junior from Baxter, Iowa. I am pursuing my TAM degree with a focus on Apparel Retailing and Digital Merchandising while minoring in Business and Women and Gender Studies. I sit as President on the Executive Board of the Association of Textile and Apparel Management. There is so much the TAM experience has to offer and I hope to support you all in your journey at Mizzou. Please feel free to reach out to ask questions or to just chat. Stop by my office hours or reach out to make a time that works best for you. I would love to learn more about my fellow TAM students and look forward to connecting with you!

Elena Mende

Hi everyone! I’m Elena Mende, a junior in TAM focusing on Apparel Retailing and Digital Merchandising and minoring in business. I started my journey at Mizzou majoring in business and minoring in textile and apparel management, but the sense of community I felt from the department pulled me in. Now I hold the position of Secretary on our executive board for the Association of Textile and Apparel Management as well as a position with Champion in their EMBER program which I got through my time in TAM. My time in the department has been the reason I love learning again because of our faculty and students. I can’t wait to meet everyone and grow the department. Please reach out to me with any questions, and stop by for my office hours!