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The University of Mississippi


Kate Forster, MSW

Director of Advocacy


Kate Forster has an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and received her Master of Social Work from Boston University. She has worked in higher education throughout her career as a social worker, beginning in the counseling centers at Boston University, University of California Berkeley and at Sarah Lawrence College. Kate transitioned into student affairs work at Colorado Mountain College before taking time to be home with her two young children. Kate joined the university as a case manager in June of 2016, after relocating with her family from Los Angeles.


Shelli Poole

Case Manager II

Shelli has worked in advocacy and counseling for about 16 years.  She is ABD in her Doctor of Psychology from the University of Denver.  She began her advocacy work in Boulder CO and then became the volunteer coordinator supervising advocates and supporting the education and outreach program at the Boulder County Rape Crisis Team.   She later provided counseling and co-facilitated the incest survivor group at the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program in Denver CO.   Shelli came to the university in January 2018 and is passionate about empowering and supporting students on their individual paths and helping them reach their personal and academic goals.  In her spare time,  Shelli loves spending time with her family, reading, kayaking and hiking.

Mandi Bloodworth, LMSW

Case Manager I


Mandi is a Louisiana native but has made her home in Mississippi. She received a B.A. in Classics from The University of Mississippi and then went on to earn her Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University. Following graduate school, Mandi moved back to Oxford where she worked in a community mental health setting as a school therapist. In January 2019, Mandi joined the University as a case manager. In this capacity, Mandi works closely with Student Housing to serve residential students and to provide support and wellness education for Community Assistants.