Years in MCSP: 1999/2000
What have you been up to since graduation?I moved to Chicago and entered the finance/accounting profession after graduating from the University of Michigan's business school (now called Ross Business School) in 2003, where I worked various finance and accounting roles. One of these roles was with United Airlines, which gave me the amazing opportunity to travel the world virtually free:-). I have traveled to 4 continents so far and I am hoping to visit my 5th this year!
In 2011, I decided to pursue graduate education from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where I have been ever since. I have obtained three masters degrees while here (Sociology, Youth Development, and Statistics).
What are you currently doing now?
I am currently working on a doctoral degree in Sociology at UIC. Additionally, I work for the Office of Diversity and the Office of Institutional Research.
How do you integrate social justice into your life post-college?
Social justice is an integral part of who I am professionally and socially. Through my work with the Office of Diversity and the Office of Institutional Research I am able to identify and measure inequalities at the institutional level and work collaboratively with my colleagues to develop solutions. As a graduate student/researcher studying racial prejudice, I commit a lot of time, effort, and work into understanding race relations in America. My motivation around this work comes from believing that the better we understand racial prejudice, the closer we can come to eradicating it.
What is your favorite memory about MCSP?
When I think about my favorite memory about MCSP, I think about the close community it provided to me my first semester. Some of my closest friends today I met through MCSP and even those I don't keep in touch with, when I saw them at the 20th year reunion, it was clear to me that we share a special bond that was fostered by our time in the program. Being from a small town, I came to the University of Michigan nervous and unsure if I'd "make it." The structure of the MCSP program allowed me to not only survive at the "U," but actually thrive. I am forever grateful for my MCSP experience.