Jessica Williams

Graduate Assistant

  • BA, University of Tennessee, Psychology
  • MEd, University of West Georgia, Professional Counseling

From the bustling Southern city of Atlanta, Georgia to the beautiful coastal paradise of San Diego in pursuit of my PhD in Leadership Studies was how I made my way to SOLES.  Armed with a background in psychology and counseling, my research area of interest includes human development and positive change. As a fourth year doctoral student marching steadily into the dissertation phase, I look to research specifically how individual development and change both affects and is affected by group development and change.  

To date, I have had the opportunity to work in USD's Center of Inclusion and Diversity, SOLES Admissions and Outreach, and in my current role as the doctoral graduate assistant for the School Family and Mental Health Professions' Department.  Each position has allowed for me to learn various aspects of university operations and culture which has contributed to my passion for working in higher education.  

Post grad, my hope is to continue working in higher education through leadership consulting and teaching. Though, my true passion is writing and detailing the lived experience; I believe that my opportunities to date have prepared me to successfully fuse education and artistry in a way that is both meaningful and contributes to a greater understanding of the human experience.