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Sondi Burnell has worked for Grinnell College since 1998. During Burnell’s term, she has worked for the Office of the Registrar, Office of Admission and currently works under the Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, in Goodnow Hall. In 2013, she was promoted to Academic Technology Support Specialist providing support of the intergration of technology into teaching and learning; serving as a resource in the use of assistive technologies for disability accommodations and to promote broad understanding of the role of accessibile technology in education. Burnell appreciates the very diverse climate that exists among the different departments she has worked in over the years. Training and experiences in these departments have given her the knowledge to understand the processes and goals of the different segments of the College, and how we all strive for the common mission of the College. Burnell has served on multiple ad-hoc committees: Ombuds, SSRC, Information Technology Assessment, Campus Climate Assessment and Community Space. Burnell believes open communication and the move toward a collaborative working environment is one of the key components to any entity.
Her passion outside of Grinnell College consists of serving as the Fourth Ward Councilwomen for the City of Grinnell. (2011-Present), attending local school board meetings, attending her children's track meets, soccer, baskeball tournaments and baseball games, along with spending time with family horseback riding and camping.