Annie Guanciale

MA in Higher Education Leadership

What do you hope to do with your degree and/or credential, and why?

I hope to work in student affairs in a role that supports students, builds community and promotes social justice.  

When did you begin your program, and when do you anticipate completing it?

I began in September 2013 and will complete the program by May 2016. I chose to do the program part-time because I work full-time. 

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

I had the pleasure of working in SOLES a few years ago, before I started my current position in the School of Business. The faculty and students in SOLES are so inspiring and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.   

Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?

I am starting an internship in the United Front Multicultural Center working with the Rainbow Educators program. The Rainbow Educators are a group of students, staff, faculty and alumni that work to build awareness and educate the USD community on issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. I am primarily focused on working with undergraduate students to enhance their experience in the program.    

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

Dynamics of Race, Gender and Culture in Higher Education with Dr. Christopher Newman was impactful. Taking the course was an opportunity to have open conversations around the intersection of identities such as race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and spirituality that affect our daily lives, whether we recognize it or not. The class inspired me to get more involved in social justice initiatives on campus, so that’s when I connected with the Rainbow Educators.    

Are there specific SOLES faculty, staff or administrators you feel have contributed significantly to your success? How have they helped?

Dr. Zachary Green has been a significant influence in my life. His teachings have pushed me to new limits, and made me a stronger and more compassionate individual. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?

I would say go for it! This program will enhance your personal and professional growth substantially.