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Saroya Cicero

Department/Unit: Department of Psychology

Working Title: Undergraduate Program Manager

Let's get to know Saroya...

How long have you been with the university, and how long in your current position?

I’ve been at the University 6.5 years and in my current position for almost 2 years.

What has been your most memorable experience at U-M?

Planning the Department's Commencement Ceremony! Such an amazing experience to be able to see students we've stood beside on their journey finish their degree - many of them the first in their family to do so! It's an honor to be part of celebrating their accomplishments.

What gives you a connection to your job and helps you define your purpose?

Helping connect others and helping them find their passion. Whether it's helping an undergraduate student find the perfect research lab, service learning opportunity, or class or discussing future career plans with a supervisee, I love being a resource. Seeing others set and accomplish goals makes the effort worth it.

What motivates and energizes you at work?

An issue that needs a creative solution. I look at issues as puzzles - identifying pieces, putting them together, and coming up with a creative solution.

What advice would you give to a new employee at the university?

To quote the late Chris Peterson "Other people matter. Period." No matter how large or small your role, treat others with dignity, respect, and learn from everyone you meet.

If you had a spontaneous day off, what would you do?

My wife and I would play with the kids at the new Gallup Park playground, then, because it's also my "perfect" day off, the kids would play quietly and happily with babysitters while my wife and I went out to dinner.

If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be?

Vanilla... sounds boring, but check out this article my co-worker found on what your favorite ice cream flavor says about your personality: https://www.rd.com/food/fun/hidden-personality-traits-revealed-ice-cream/