I’m Dr. Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton, I work in the
Department of Educational Leadership With the Master’s of Science in Higher Education,
and with the EDD/community college emphasis The MSHE program is a master’s program meant for students
who are interested in working in higher education, specifically in student affairs. There are a number of students already working in the field, there are students interested in working in higher education in a multitude of areas. So it’s a really diverse program. I chose the program because I had a lot of really good
experiences within the student affairs realm as an undergrad. I also wanted to be as queer as possible in an area where
I feel like it’s okay to be authentically myself, and I felt student affairs was that realm. I chose the MSHE program for two simple reasons: I wanted to go into a program that would help me understand the educational institutions and the systems of higher education With the goal of creating my own non-profit in order to help underserving, underrepresented, African American and other minority students to enter into college and succeed through college.
And it’s done me great thus far within my career! Our program is design for working professionals, whether people work part-time as a graduate assistant or full-time as a full-time professional. There’s one night a week typically when you have both of your classes. So one class goes to 4:00 to 6:45, then there’s a little dinner break, and then the next class starts at 7:15 and goes until 10:00PM. I’m Dr. Carol Lundberg, I teach the Educational Research course in the MSHE! In the summer, you’ll take classes two nights a week. The rest of the year is just one night a week, but in summer you’ll be here for two nights a week. But it’s a fun summer! You’ll be together with your cohort,
and learning some interesting things in a more intensive kind of way! The Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership is a research center that supports the doctoral program, and is engaged in eliminating the achievement gap and the opportunity gap that exists in the educational system in the United States. Students take the lead in research projects like the Migrant Education Program and Allied Health Program. That encourages and supports students of color achieving an education in learning. We have opportunities for students in the master’s program to engage in fieldwork experiences here, to serve as graduate assistants here in the office. Also, to volunteer if you don’t have time to commit to doing fieldwork or being a GA. We look forwarding to working with you in the
Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership! Hi I’m Dr. Beckham! I’m faculty in the MSHE program and I teach the fieldwork courses. Students don’t just go out and do their fieldwork hours. We’re there with them throughout the process, they have a learning contract, we help them make sure they’re learning what they what they need to learn. In addition to the site,
and the supervisor, and all the activities they have there. We meet regularly during the semester to process what they are learning. It’s an invaluable experience to be able to be a student at a site and a professional. The MSHE faculty was able to provide me with support and guidance during my fieldwork.
One of the lessons I learned was to be intentional. I sought out a very specific type of supervisor for my fieldwork experience. Because of this conversation with my advisor, I was able to find a fieldwork supervisor who not only shared my passion for student life and campus activities but also understands the challenge of being a queer person of color in student affairs and how to survive and thrive in the space as well. Every course is different and every course has group work because we typically work in cohorts. Everyone is responsible to help each other succeed. In a cohort model there’s a lot of group projects, and the groups change every semester. Theres typically case study presentations, research projects, work out in the community with the Maywood Education Fair and try to
have students apply what they are learning in real-time. I think the most beautiful part of the program was the cohort style of the program. I appreciate each and everyone of my cohort-mates for they challenged me inside and outside of class. My experience with the MSHE program was ultimately a really great one! I truly feel that the cohort model is what helped me to persist. Being able to see my peers and future colleagues going through it,
really helped me stay focused, motivated, and inspired me to do my best work. We believe that students who come into the program, come with many assets.
So we use a concept called “Community Cultural Wealth” and try to identify and help students develop that. That helps with our work with the community.
Part of what happens in the community work is understanding that everybody in the community there, have their own form of Community Culture Wealth.
We work with the city of Maywood, and do an education fair every year! That helps us develop a sense of community in our cohort. It helps us develop a sense of responsibility in the community as we do the work there! Maywood is really interesting when you are on the planning side of it and really invested in the community. It’s definitely an experience! It’s really great seeing and talking to all these parents and all these students who are wanting to go out and get an education. Seeing a lot of parents who also become invested and wanting to pursue their own education is really uplifting! The highlight of my Maywood experience specifically was outreaching in the community, and having honest conversations about what resources and connections we can provide them with! I played a role in providing educational resources to a community that does not have immediate access to these opportunities! Interacting with the community and providing them recourses just reaffirmed my purpose in higher education
and how I wanted to give back to underserved populations. I’m Dr. Ding-Jo H. Currie, Distinguished Faculty in Ed. Leadership Department. I am here to tell you about a little extra bonus you can earn while you’re in the program! It’s a Community College Certificate program. By taking one extra class, and doing fieldwork in the community college setting, you can earn the certificate which really enhances your portfolio, and also gives you a glimpse and understanding of the community colleges system in addition to building and starting your wonderful community college network! We have an amazing program here at Cal-State Fullerton and I really hope that as you’re looking for where the best fit for you is that this program is one you will consider! Because of it’s diversity, cohort model, advising, student-lead leadership programs, and the great success of our Alum’s, many of whom you’ve probably already met in the field! Look forward to seeing your application and talking with you here at Fullerton!