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About Us

Our Team

The CAEL team draws great strength from its varied set of backgrounds and skills. But we hold one very important quality in common: dedicated expertise in forging the connections between learning and work that adult learnersand their communitiesdepend on for social mobility and economic equity.

Monique Tuset, MSW

Director, Initiatives

Monique Tuset joined CAEL in 2022 as Director, Initiatives, concentrating on higher education projects that create positive outcomes for adult learners. With ten years of combined experience in project management, coaching, and strategic leadership, Tuset also has extensive expertise in building strategic partnerships and organizational trust with the proven ability to empower others and collaboratively provide solutions to challenges. Tuset’s social work background allows her to approach her work with a diversity, equity, inclusion-minded, people-centered, and strengths-based lens.

Before CAEL, Tuset served as Coordinator of Student Affairs and an Instructor for Social Work and Service-Learning at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She led end-to-end program management of a 10-month professional development cycle for over 300 adult learners, including program conception, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation. 

Tuset previously held roles at Durham Technical College, where she built strategic partnerships across Durham County and increased enrollment in the Career and College Promise Program as well as general college enrollment. She also served with the Carolina College Advising Corps, where she created post-high school education and career plans for 400+ seniors, assisting them in securing $1MM+ in scholarships. 

She holds a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University.


Areas of Expertise : Tuset has extensive experience in innovative problem solving, project management, and coaching within higher education systems. While in higher education, she created equitable academic pipelines for students, implemented new programs and designed evaluation tools, revamped career services departments, and used a people-centered approach to build relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members. Additionally, she has experience in community development and resource building.

Board Members

Advisory Council