Tara Zahra serves as a resource for Chicago students who are first generation in the College, from low-income families, or undocumented. Tara is one of several faculty mentors with the Center for College Student Success.

Born in rural Pennsylvania, Tara, a MacArthur Fellow and a professor of Eastern European history and the College, describes the experience of attending Swarthmore College as "a culture shock in many ways." She goes on to say: "I credit my own college experience with my decision to become a history professor."


Located in room 406 in Harper Memorial Library's West Tower, the center advises, supports, and connects students to resources—big and small—on campus. Here are just a few: