M.A. in Higher Education Leadership
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I hope to work in college access; supporting underrepresented students in achieving higher education success.
How did you hear about SOLES?
I Googled Higher Education graduate programs in California and learned SOLES was an excellent option for me. When I came to USD and met my current advisor, Dr. Christopher Newman, and my current supervisor, Dr. Cynthia Villis, I knew USD was the school for me.
What is your background?
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz. I have worked in education in California for my entire professional career.
Are you currently working?
I am working part-time as a Graduate Assistant for the Institute of College Initiatives (ICI) at USD. I am helping support USD TRiO; Upward Bound, Student Support Services and McNair Scholars as well as other ICI programs.
Tell us about any graduate assistantships you have done through SOLES.
I worked at the United Front Multicultural Center as a Graduate Assistant in Student Affairs. I worked with undergraduate student leaders and I learned how Student Affairs supports students on a college campus.
How has your SOLES education impacted your career?
My SOLES education has put me in contact with other like-minded students and professionals who share my passion for educational equity. My career goals have been reinforced by the wonderful people I have met at SOLES.
Which class has impacted you the most?
Action Research is impacting my life in wonderful, exciting ways! I worked for three years as a traditional researcher before I came to USD and the result of that work experience was I knew I didn’t want to pursue a PhD because I didn’t enjoy research. In my Action Research course with David Herrera and Alan Yu, I loved learning about action research and how it offers a solution to all the contradictions I was encountering in traditional research. I am excited for my Action Research project!