Zulairam Ruiz-Agosto

MA in Higher Education Leadership

What is your background? For example, where are you from, where else have you earned a degree, and where have you worked?

I obtained my BA in Spanish with a minor in Sociology from the University Of Vermont. I was a resident advisor for two years and a founding sister of my chapter in my sorority. It was within these experiences that I knew that a career in student affairs was what I wanted to pursue. After graduation, I worked in a few different offices and for my national sorority as I understood the value that professional experience can add. Prior to attending the University of San Diego, I worked as the assistant to the middle school principal at a charter school in Harlem, NY.

Are you currently working? If so, do you work full-time, part time, and what do you do?

Currently, I work as the graduate assistant at the One Stop Student Center where I am able to assist students with questions regarding financial aid, student accounts, and registrar. I also work with Dr. Ted Martinez as his graduate assistant in the National Community College Hispanic Council. In this position, I have the privilege of working with Dr. Martinez to recruit Latino/a administrators that currently work in community colleges for a fellowship program that will allow them to gain the skills needed to obtain higher administrator positions within community colleges.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

The classes that have impacted me the most are LEAD 550 and LEAD 551. Both of these courses gave me the opportunity to examine myself and others as leaders within organizations. I have also been able to practice being “in the moment” so that I can better access myself and those around me. 

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

I entered this program in the Fall 2015 and expect to graduate Summer 2017.