Chris Amerman

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student


Reason you chose SAHE Program: “I chose the SAHE program because I wanted to become a better person for myself, and the people that I work with. I wanted to learn more about myself, and how I can help others to reach their potential.”

Dani Andrews

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Monrovia, CA
Undergraduate Institution: Ohio Wesleyan University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing 


Hope(s) for the SAHE Program: “After talking with a SAHE alum who praised the ways in which the program helped them learn and grow as a professional in student affairs, CSU was on my radar. I ultimately chose the program for the assistantship provision and portfolio component, hoping the reflective writing would push me in an area I wanted to grow personally (introspection) and set me up for success in talking about my professional goals and experiences once on the job market.”

Mustafa Anwar

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Grayslake, IL
Undergraduate Institution: Marquette University
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing 


Reason you chose the SAHE program: “I have learned more about myself at this institution and have been able to better develop myself through critical reflection. This program is unlike any other and that is why I chose it.”

Reine Atrach

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Clarkston, MI
Undergraduate Institution: Georgetown University
Expected Year of SAHE Graduation: 2020
Online Student
Current Employment: Student and Alumni Services Specialist, Hamad Bin Khalifa University – Doha, Qatar

Hope(s) for the SAHE Program: “I have been working as a student affairs professional for five years now, and though I have enjoyed it, my work experience still feels like it is missing something important.  My hope is that graduating from the SAHE program will make me a stronger individual and a well-rounded student affairs professional by providing me with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the field.”

Hydie Cheung

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Hong Kong
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego
Expected Year of SAHE Graduation: 2020
Online Student 

Reason you chose SAHE: “The wide aspects of topics within the SAHE program is not only highly valuable to student affairs professionals around the world, but also inspiring to us as higher education professionals. Aside from the interactive discussions with my peers, one of the best part of the program is to learn and grow from building your portfolio and establishing a close relationship with an adviser. It really opens up my world and reminds me why I want to continue working in this field.”

Leah Badillo

Hometown: Jourdanton, Texas
Undergraduate Institution: Palo Alto College & Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Online Student
Senior Advisor, TRIO Upward Bound Math & Science program- Palo Alto College 

Reason you chose SAHE: “I chose the SAHE program at Colorado State University because of the opportunity to work and collaborate with my classmates, the staff, and the faculty who are practitioner-scholars in the fields I plan on pursuing. I have a passion for learning and working with students who are working towards achieving their education and career goals. My goals after attaining my Master’s degree is to continue to grow in my role as a Senior Advisor and move into a Project Director position, then become a Dean, Vice President of Student Success and ultimately becoming a college or university President.”

Kami Clairmont

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Helena, MT
Undergraduate Institution: Towson University
Expected Year of SAHE Graduation: 2020
Online Student 
Program Coordinator, Alumni and Student Connections at Pacific Lutheran University

Reason you chose SAHE: “I chose the SAHE program because after jumping from career to career, I kept feeling my heart being pulled back to my true passion: higher education. I wanted a program that provided close knit relationships, a focus on diversity and inclusion, and that would offer the opportunity to grow. I found all of this in the SAHE program and beyond. I chose the online environment because I needed a program that could be completed from anywhere. Finishing my fourth semester, I have not completed a semester in the same state thus far – pretty crazy, but it works for me!”

Stephanie Cuevas

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Downey, CA
Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Bárbara
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Graduate Assistant for Student Resolution Center

Hope(s) for SAHE Program: “I really want to be pushed out of my comfort zone and get a better understanding of diversity and equity through experiences with my cohort mates. I am also really looking forward to making long lasting friendships. I know that by nature I can’t make super deep and meaningful relationships with absolutely everyone, but even just a handful will be enough for me. I love meeting people from all backgrounds and having those friendships challenge me in various ways.”

Lucy Delgado

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Queens, New York
Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Vice President for Student Affairs – Diversity Education and Student Success

Hope(s) for SAHE Program: “I hope to continue to find my purpose within student affairs and be challenged to grow by my cohort and the program.”

Alejandro Diaz

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Grand Island, Nebraska
Undergraduate Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Manager, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “I choose SAHE because of my advisor at the time who is a SAHE alumn. He was a role model to me and spoke highly of the SAHE program and even went through his portfolio. He spoke highly of how the portfolio consisted of competencies that helped him prepare for the next step beyond SAHE and helped him land his current job and gave him a career plan that he was still on track with. I admired this and became invested in researching more about SAHE. After interviewing for SAHE and seeing Fort Collins, and Colorado State University, along with the students of the program, I could picture myself here and became more invested in this program. Especially after learning about the opportunity to go abroad with the global perspectives class that is offered during your second year of SAHE. I made the commitment that if I was accepted into SAHE I would partake in this opportunity.”

Alejandra Dominguez

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela/Sunrise, FL
Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Graduate Assistant for Campus Information & Box Office, Campus Activities

Reason you chose SAHE: “Because of the opportunity to learn from scholar-practitioners, the strength of the program, and because of CSU! During my time as a College Advisor in Denver, I worked closely with many higher education partners in the state. I was constantly impressed with the support provided by CSU student affairs professionals to my students and knew I would feel proud to be a part of this team.”

Hannah Elliott

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: El Cajon, California
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Fullerton
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Graduate Assistant for Training, Selection, and Development, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “When comparing programs, I appreciated SAHE’s focus on self-reflection and the scholar-practitioner identity. Being able to focus on theory-to-practice has been very helpful within the work that I do as class discussions are hardly left in the abstract and focus on tangible examples. Developing a portfolio instead of a master’s thesis was also important to me as I feel that reflection and showing competency through the work I have done and experiences I have lived through are more important to me than conducting my own research.”

Alicia Foos

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University             
Expected Year of SAHE Graduation: Spring 2020
Online Student
Academic Support Coordinator, Undergraduate Neuroscience Program – Colorado State University

Hopes for the SAHE Program: “To feel more confident and comfortable with the higher education system.”

Sonia Garcia

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
RamEvents Graduate Assistant, Campus Activities

Reason you chose SAHE: “I chose the SAHE program because of the programs four core values, the international field experience, and the emphasis on scholar practitioners. The financial package that CSU offers also allowed me to move from my hometown to Colorado without taking out loans.”

Emily Garner

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Undergraduate Institution: University of Missouri
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Education Abroad Coordinator

Hope(s) for the SAHE Program: “I hope to engage in current Student Affairs topics through coursework and research, learn from my professors and cohort members, work toward an inclusive campus environment, and ultimately intertwine Student Affairs with my current role in International Education.”

Genesis Gongora

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Mérida, México
Undergraduate Institution: Autonomous University of Yucatán
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing

Reason I chose SAHE: “I chose the SAHE Program because I wanted to obtain knowledge and skills in Student Affairs, which is a developing field in Mexico, to better serve my students there; as well as to have the experience to study abroad. In addition to that, two other colleagues from my hometown University are SAHE Alumni and highly recommended me the Program; especially for the opportunity to have an Assistantship to work with a different Higher Education system than the one at Mexico. In my own experience, having the opportunity to practice what I learn in my classroom, as well as to bring my work experiences to a learning setting, have allowed me to gain meaningful experiences that are shaping the professional I am and want to become.”

Chelsea Hapner

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Zeeland, Michigan
Undergraduate Institution: Hope College
Expected Year of SAHE Graduation: 2019
Online Student
Building Monitor, University of Maryland University College

What you’ve enjoyed most about the SAHE Program: “Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed the full SAHE journey!  I love the classes and topics, the online formatting, the professors, and the new connections and friendships being made!  The SAHE program is both challenging and rewarding.”

Shay Harris

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate Institution: The College at Brockport -SUNY
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Assistant Resident Manager, University Housing 

Reason you chose SAHE: “SAHE values reflection and self-awareness, which are frequent practices in my life. Within the program, these values show up in many ways, particularly the auto-ethnographic portfolio we create over the course of our two years. As a professional I aspire to be a reflective practitioner and I believed the portfolio would help me achieve this. Then there are the folks I met during interview weekend. My fellow candidates, the current students, and some faculty were very welcoming, personable, supportive, and most importantly–REAL! This eased many of the anxieties I had about interview weekend, which allowed me to truly engage with the process. When I envisioned myself being friends, colleagues, and a student of those I met, I knew CSU is where I needed to be.”

Claudia Hernandez

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Fort Lupton, CO
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Student Services Graduate Assistant, INTO CSU

Reason you chose SAHE: “I had narrowed down my graduate school search to an out of state program as well as the CSU SAHE program. During interview days I felt a sense of community and empowerment as everyone there was excited to see each other succeed. Ultimately, I chose the SAHE program because the faculty and staff made themselves incredibly available and made sure to reach out to see if all of my questions were answered, I had begun to establish a community before I had even confirmed to the program.”

Cozy Huggins

Hometown: Heber City, Utah
Undergraduate Institution: Westminster College
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Student Assistant Residence Director, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “I was really looking for a place that brought me out of my comfort zone and had community to it. I love the cohort model and the experience I get as an Assistant Residence Director.”

Lorenda Holston

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Athletics: Diversity and Inclusion

Hope(s) for the SAHE Program: “My hope for SAHE is to find ways to make change within the structure of higher education and create pipelines for under represented students. I hope to learn more about myself while getting to know my cohort!”

Curtis Johnson

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Undergraduate Institution: Baylor University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement & Leadership, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “During interview weekend, I felt seen, heard, and valued as a potential member of SAHE’s community of learners. This notion is fairly consistent throughout the program. We are constantly encouraged to integrate our lived experiences and course work, which positions us as learners as well as knowers. It was and still is an empowering experience!”

Olivia Kail

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Manager, University Housing

Hope(s) for SAHE Program: “I hope that I find community within the SAHE program and that I begin to identify what I’d like to do professionally within student affairs.”

Tian Tian Li

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Jinjiang, China
Undergraduate Institution: Shanghai Normal University & Colorado State University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “I love the Fort Collins and CSU community as an international student. SAHE provides me with opportunities to learn and grow. I really appreciate people who have helped me along the way during my transition to the United States and I want to give back to this community! SAHE offers a global perspective class which will allow me to travel to Spain for two weeks and learn about the educational system in a different country, it is amazing! SAHE is a life-changing experience for me and I am happy to share more about my why to student affairs and why CSU SAHE program.”

Maria J Matta Moreno

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Undergraduate Institution: El Paso Community College & University of Georgia
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “I chose the SAHE program because it had everything I was looking for. It’s a strong introspective program that focuses on social justice. There were ample assistantship opportunities that offered several benefits such as tuition remission, health insurance, and, because of the assistantship I was offered, also free housing. The financial piece was a great incentive for me to chose this program, but also knowing that it is one of the top program in the states that is preparing me to be a reflective expert in this field. Ultimately, this program was the best choice and best fit for my wants and needs out of this experience.”

Amber Mazurana

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Windsor, Colorado
Undergraduate Institution: Butler University
Expected Year of SAHE Graduation: 2022
Online Student
Senior Instructor, Colorado State University- School of Dance 

Reason you chose SAHE: “Amber has been teaching at CSU in the School of Dance for almost a decade. After a twenty-year career performing professionally and training dancers in pre-professional programs, she discovered a passion for working with students in higher education. Currently in her second year of the SAHE program, Amber continually strives to gain a deeper understanding of the important issues affecting her students and the field at large. As a student affairs scholar-practitioner, she aims to listen intentionally, challenge while providing support, guide choices, and facilitate holistic growth. As a mother, wife, friend, colleague, teacher and mentor, Amber hopes to share her passion for life, help others on their journeys and positively impact her community. The online SAHE program at CSU allows her to fulfil all these roles while giving her the flexibility to learn the essential skills needed to excel in higher education.”

Colleen McDonald

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Bend, Oregon
Undergraduate Institution: Southern Oregon University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing

Hope(s) for SAHE Program: “After taking several years away from school to work in professional positions in both outdoor education and higher education, I’m hoping the SAHE program will provide a hands-on approach to a variety of areas in the field of Student Affairs.  I’ve heard that this program allows you to make it anything you want it to be, which is amazing – and literally everyone I’ve talked with so far has been welcoming and supportive, so I’m also hoping to make some new friendships along the way!”

Tess McGinty

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Newcastle, WY
Undergraduate Institution: University of Wyoming
Online Student
Assistant Director, Colorado State University Mountain Campus

Hope(s) for SAHE Program: “The online SAHE program provides access to the same legacy of excellent teaching and program design as CSU’s residential program, but offers me the flexibility to progress at a manageable pace while I continue to work full time. I am able to develop connections with and learn from the perspectives of students around the world, not just here in Fort Collins. The SAHE faculty and administrators dedicate the same commitment to individual student success in the online program as they do the residential program – and that says a lot! I appreciate the in-depth design and instruction, as well as opportunities to engage with faculty within and beyond the class setting. Lastly, as a nontraditional student, I appreciate the opportunity the online SAHE program affords to connect with others who are also currently working full time and at various stages of their careers.”

Liz Morales

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown:Salt Lake City, Utah
Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing

Reason you chose CSU: “As a future students affair professional, I want to transform spaces for students by providing to them equitable resources that serve their community and other historically marginalized populations. I want to become a mentor to future students and to work towards increasing college access, retention, and improved graduation/persistence rates of minorities. I knew that by attending the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Colorado State University I would be able to achieve these goals. I wanted a program that I believe would be challenging and that was a scholar practitioner program. I felt that I needed a program where I could feel that I was in good hands while also knowing my two years would be demanding but rewarding at the same time.”

Carolina Mozee

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: National City, San Diego, CA
Undergraduate Institution: San Diego State University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing

Hope(s) for the SAHE Program: “I hope to expand my knowledge on how to successfully serve as a SA pro, reflect on a deeper level regarding my experiences as a former undergrad student, connect with my cohort and the 2nd year cohort in a professional and meaningful way, impact CSU students’ lives in a positive light.”

Tanisha Muquit

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh & Berkeley, California
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “I chose SAHE because I wanted to be in a scholar-practitioner model where I could apply what I was learning to real life situations. I also wanted experience working at a predominately white institution to learn how to best support students with different identities, both marginalized and privileged, in that context. Additionally, it was really important for me to be in a program that valued social justice and inclusion and was not afraid to engage in conversation around difficult topics. Lastly, I knew I needed to be in a cohort model. I love that my cohort challenges me to grow and also supports me during tough times. So far, SAHE has been a wild ride! It’s a difficult but extremely rewarding journey and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Go Rams!”

Gabriel Navarro

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Undergraduate Institution: Pace University
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Graduate Assistant, RamRide

Reason you chose SAHE: “I chose SAHE because of the theory-to-pracitce model, focus on social justice, and diversity of the cohort.”

Alexis Opper

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Manager, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “I chose the CSU SAHE program because of the breadth of opportunities I could participate in, between my assistantship, my supplemental assistantship as a Fraternity & Sorority Life advisor, my practicums with the Student Case Management office & Alt Breaks, and the Global Perspectives field experience! I knew I wanted to do experiential learning, but I didn’t have a functional area I was committed to, so I was excited to get to try out a variety of areas and apply my coursework to a broad scope of work.”

Camila Ozores Silva

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina & Tampa, Florida
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Florida
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Graduate Assistant for Academic Initiatives & Leadership, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “I chose SAHE because it provides challenge in a way that both allows me to learn and grow, and also provides support. I also appreciate the cohort model of this program and the chance to explore different functional areas through my assistantship, practicum, internship, and other opportunities.”

Holly Osborne

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Rising Sun, MD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Baltimore
Expected Year of SAHE Graduation: Spring 2019
Online Student
Current Employment: 
Manager – Maryland Saddlery, Inc.

What you’ve enjoyed most about the SAHE Program: “My favorite and most rewarding part of the SAHE program thus far would be my practicum.  Because I do not currently work in student affairs and attended a commuter school, I had no experience with Residence Life until my practicum at University of Delaware.  I was able to attend many trainings and help students move into their residence halls.  I also got to work with a lot of amazing RAs.”

Belinda Palomino

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Harlingen, TX
Undergraduate Institution: The University of Texas – Pan American
Expected Year of SAHE Graduation: 2018
Online Student
Current Employment: 
Coordinator II of Student Life & Engagement – Texas State Technical College

What you’ve enjoyed most about the SAHE Program: “My favorite thing about the SAHE program is having a diverse cohort that enhances my experience through unique perspectives.  I am also grateful for the support and guidance provided by my wonderful advisor.”

Elizabeth Rademacher

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Los Alamos, New Mexico
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
Online Student
Academic Student Success Manager, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos

Reason you chose SAHE: “I had been working in student services at UNM-LA for a few years when I realized this was going to be my next career. I love working with students and most of all helping them achieve their goals. I knew I needed more tools, resources, and understanding in order to do my job more effectively and in order to move into other positions within student affairs. As an alumna, I got a mailer for CSU Online. When I looked at the offerings and found Student Affairs in Higher Education, I was thrilled. As I read the course descriptions, I was so excited about the courses I could take, I could not wait to get started! I looked at other programs that just did not provide the kind of course work I wanted to deepen my understanding and propel my career and personal growth. SAHE has done that more than I could ever anticipated. I have really loved the program, the connection with faculty, and the high quality student/ peers. I cannot recommend the program highly enough.”

Samantha Ralston

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Grosse Ile, Michigan
Undergraduate Institution: Ball State University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “I chose the SAHE program because the cohorts who hosted us were incredibly welcoming, transparent, and encouraged me to take on new challenges. SAHE offers curriculum grounded in social justice skills, and the cohort I am a part of make an effort to care for one another and challenge each other to grow. Plus, I needed some mountains in my life!”

Patrick Ramierz

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Fullerton
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing

Hope(s) for SAHE Program: “What I really hope to get out of SAHE is a new and challenging experience, so I can learn and grow both professionally and personally. I want to learn how to support and challenge students that are at a Predominantly White Institution while still holding my own values and respecting other students and staffs’ values. I want to learn how to challenge and break down institutional racism in a more effective way, while also learning more effective ways to have people think more about people with disabilities.”

Marisela Rodríguez-Gutiérrez

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Pénjamo, Guanajuato, Mexico
Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Vice President for Student Affairs – Retention and Research

Hope(s) for SAHE Program: “I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone in our cohort and finding community in like-minded individuals. I am also excited to be challenged with new perspectives and grow professionally.”

Qingyuan (Mike) Sun

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: North China
Undergraduate Institution: Tianjin University of Technology and Education, China
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Resident Manager, University Housing

Reason you chose SAHE: “The CSU SAHE program gave me a strong support system as an international student, there are a lot of good resources and you can easily find community on campus. CSU thinks highly of diversity and inclusion, it really matches my value and my passion for working in student affairs.”

Lazareth Sye

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Hilo, Hawaii
Undergraduate Institution: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Online Student

Reason you chose SAHE: “I applied for the SAHE program after learning that I could study the field of student affairs for the job of my dreams, Dean of Students. I have always been passionate about students, watching them enter college, seeing them grow as individuals, gaining independence and finishing their degrees. Just knowing that I played a small part in their journey makes waking up every day liberating. I served as my university’s student body President and was a Resident Assistant in the reslife. Each of these experiences gave me a window in the field of student affairs and ignited a passion for service and a drive to advocate for institutional change so that colleges start working for the students interests. For me, there was no other program out there but the CSU SAHE program and every day reaffirms that I made the right choice. Go RAMS!”

Madigan Turnquist

Prounouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Assistant Residence Director, University Housing


Reason you chose SAHE: “I originally looked at the SAHE program because an undergraduate mentor had recommended it to me. After hearing about the portfolio process and emphasis on self-reflection throughout the program, I was even more intrigued. I actually interviewed with SAHE while abroad, and the directors were SO accommodating during the interview process. They wanted me to have a similar experience as any student interviewing, and even carried me around on a laptop throughout interview days! Through all the communication and encouragement from faculty and staff at CSU, I felt immediately welcome, and that not only did I want this program, but this program wanted me.”

Holly VanHouten

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Longview, TX
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Texas
Online Student
Scholar Relations Coordinator, The Terry Foundation

Reason you chose SAHE: “I chose the CSU SAHE program because of the focus on how to incorporate theory into practice. The program has a strong emphasis on diversity, inclusion, privilege, power, and oppression and has helped to refocus my worldview to meet my students where they are and better appreciate where they have come from. The SAHE program challenges us to grow as individuals while training us and developing our knowledge about the field of higher education. I’m proud to be a CSU Ram and look forward to completing the SAHE program in Spring 2020.”

Shaill Vasavada

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
SAHE Class of 2020
Residential Student
Graduate Assistant, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Reason you chose SAHE: “SAHE was the complete package I was looking for in a graduate program. I was specifically looking for programs that utilized a cohort model and portfolio or capstone project rather than a cumulative exam. Through the cohort model, I have fostered friendships that allow me to learn from my peers. Each of us brings a unique perspective and set of skills to the program that allow for a more dynamic and diverse learning environment. The portfolio provides an opportunity to reflect on not only professional competencies, but also personal experiences and moments of learning that will help me long after my years in SAHE. This program is committed to challenging and engaging students in the process of developing as student affairs professionals; faculty and staff genuinely want to see the field grow and that starts with empowering competent professionals. The assistantship program also provides an opportunity to apply classroom learning to real-life student affairs settings. I am very fortunate to have an assistantship in the area I hope to pursue professionally after graduation and know that through this program I am gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. I am so happy I chose SAHE and can be part of a community that is dedicated to personal and professional growth and learning.”

 

Isabel Villalobos

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergraduate Institution: San Diego State University
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Coordinator of Central Programming and Staff Development, University Housing

Hope(s) for SAHE Program: “I am beyond thrilled to start my journey with the SAHE program! I am excited for my growth, both professionally and personally. I hope to gain a greater understanding of the profession and become an advocate, ally, and change agent in order to ensure a successful and holistic development for students of all identities. I also cannot wait for the opportunity to enroll in Global Perspectives where I will learn about higher education in different countries and be able to travel with my cohort!”

 

Steve Willich

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Stoneham, CO
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
Expected Year of SAHE Graduation: 2019
Online Student
Current Employment: 
Director, LGBTQ Student Resource Center – Auraria Campus, Denver, CO

Reason you chose SAHE: “I had a few colleagues who had been a part of the residential program, and they spoke highly of their experiences. In looking at various programs, CSU has a great reputation for educating student affairs practitioners. I live and work in Denver, so taking on-campus classes was not feasible. When the online program formed, I jumped at the opportunity!”

Kayla Wong

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Los Angeles County, California
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego
SAHE Class of 2019
Residential Student
Graduate Assistant, Career Center

 
Reason I chose SAHE: “I chose the SAHE program because I wanted to be personally and professionally challenged. SAHE offers a variety of assistantship and supplemental assisantship opportunities from Residential Life, Campus Activities, to my own assistantship with the Career Center. While choosing a graduate program, I knew I wanted to apply my learning within the classroom to my practical work. Classes are framed around ACPA/NASPA competencies and typically encourages us to apply concepts into our actual work in assignments such as to analyze the student development of a student organization or initiate an assessment process from beginning to end. In addition, the SAHE curriculum allows the summer to pursue any internships, practicums or time off for yourself. This invaluable time allowed me to pursue an incredible summer internship with PlayStation in the heart of San Francisco.”