Care Allen

Assistant Director of Early College Programs

Staff Positions:

Traditional Undergrad Academics - Support Staff

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Care Allen is a Detroit native but has called Grand Rapids her home for the last five years. She is passionate about first-generation and high financial need students. She has a background in housing and residence life and TRiO Student Support Services. Care focuses most of her work from a social justice lens and is passionate about multicultural work.

Care is an entrepreneur and fashion/lifestyle blogger. She owns True 2 Size Shoes an online shoe store specializing in nonstandard sizes and widths carrying sizes 5.5-13 for women. She is also the owner of, a fashion and lifestyle blog. In her free time, she loves to worship at her church and spend time supporting locally owned boutiques and thrift stores.

In addition to serving CU, Care serves as both the events fellow and student services fellow for the Diversity Abroad Network, Lighthouse Full Life Center church media team member and a mentorship co-chair for ACPA PAN African Network.

"Serving at CU matters to me because it allows me to live Christ out loud. In many areas, we have to separate our authentic selves to fit the environment we are in at the time. I wanted to work at a place that allows all of the intersections of me to exist holistically. CU is that place for me!"


  • M.Ed., Student Affairs Leadership, Grand Valley State University (2016)
  • B.A., Family and Community Services, Michigan State University (2012)


—Making memories with her husband
—Figuring out all the ways you can make a potato dish
—Playing dress up