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Hometown: Rochester, NY
Program: MPA, Nonprofit Management Emphasis
Undergraduate College and Major: Public Administration, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2015
How and why did you decide to apply for The College at Brockport MPA program?
Post undergraduate graduation, I decided that furthering my education was necessary in the fast paced and progressive field of public administration. After conducting research on the MPA programs offered at other colleges, the decision to apply to this program at The College at Brockport was a simple one. The nonprofit track which I chose was unique and made sense because there is a need and importance for effective nonprofit organizations in underserved communities.
While attending John Jay College, I worked full time as a political assistant and special projects coordinator for the Transport Workers Union Local 100 AFL-CIO. It was during my four-year tenure there that my love of public administration and politics ignited. Leading organizing teams and assisting executive leadership were some of my duties while experiencing first hand the relationship between labor and the legislature.
What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?
The core curriculum in the MPA major will be utilized as a tool kit in student’s career paths. Opportunities such as the Diversity Fellowship and Graduate Assistantships allow students to gain experience that will also be essential in current and future positions. As a Diversity Fellow and Graduate Counselor in the Educational Opportunity Program on the main campus, I utilize theories presented to us during the semester. The dedicated faculty at the MetroCenter foster relevant discussions during every meeting, ensuring student participation and provocative thought. Librarians available online and on campus are equipped to help us with our research needs, and our website is coherent and useful. The College at Brockport Career Services Department offers opportunity to alumni and current students looking to branch out or start new careers and form relationships with nonprofits looking to hire our graduates.
What are your future goals?
I would like to serve the community either in labor or local/state government. Working in underserved communities and fighting for workers rights will remain major goals for me. Finding ways to create and keep jobs in our cities will be important in the career path that follows post-graduation.
What advice do you have for future students?
If you are looking for a career in public management and want to make a difference in your community, The College at Brockport will challenge you to think critically and will offer new perspectives to current issues in addition to improving your public speaking skills.