Shana's primary responsibility is spearheading our social-emotional and physical health initiatives for both our students and families. Shana’s role is integral as they take the lead in coordinating initiatives to boost health and wellness, facilitate engaging group activities centered around well-being, and building bridges with community partners to ensure everyone has access to essential health resources. You'll often find Shana at the helm of our middle school clubs, introducing facilitators who spearhead diverse wellness activities such as cooking, creative writing, soccer, and more. Additionally, Shana remains a steadfast pillar of support for our Student U families.

Shana Bellone

Student U Associate Director of Student & Family Support Services

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Shana's Why:

I value community, caring and equitable relationships, deep listening, and a sense of joy. I love working in spaces that youth choose to be in and where they can explore and grow surrounded by a loving community. I see Student U as a place that deeply respects young people and offers mentors and guides to walk with youth on their journey, expanding what they might see as possible but not prescribing a certain outcome or way of being. I am grateful to be part of this community.

Shana outside of Student U:

Outside of Student U, I love doing puzzles with my partner, making forts and exploring playgrounds with my son, and taking my dogs to the Eno. I’m happiest by the water, campfire, or dinner table, singing and sharing with loved ones.  

Advice Shana finds valuable:

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in”

– Leonard Cohen


Earlham College

University of Texas at Austin

Course of study:

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology

Masters in Social Work

Student U start date:

June 2023

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