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This Time It’s Personal: When Graduate Students’ Identities and Academics Collide

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Presentation: Sonal Chauhan

Institution: University of Central Florida

Professional Title: Graduate Student

I am currently a master’s student at the University of Central Florida in the Higher Education and Policy Studies program, Student Personnel track. My initial professional experience involved administrative duties within an academic affairs unit at a liberal arts institution in NJ. As of the fall, 2014, I hold a graduate assistant position as a Graduate Residence Coordinator for the Department of Housing and Residence Life at UCF. As a student affairs professional, I hope to secure positions in the field which provide a focus on student development and student engagement through co-curricular activities.

 


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Institution: University of Central Florida

Professional Title: Graduate Assistant for Community Service at the Office of Student Involvement

I am a master’s student at the University of Central Florida studying Higher Education and Student Affairs. My professional experience includes adjunct teaching in the UCF’s LEAD Scholars program and working as graduate assistant in UCF’s Office of Student Involvement, where I advise student coordinators and programming efforts for Volunteer UCF’s Alternative Break Program. As a future student affairs professional, I look forward to working in educational and programming roles related to leadership development, community engagement, service learning, spiritual/interfaith programs, and social justice education.

 


Abstract

Why do some graduate students in a student affairs program explore student populations representing their own identities, while others are equitable in their attention to different student populations? In this session, two first-year student affairs graduate students will share findings that answer their question and more. With the perspective of development theories, case studies, and personal observations, participants will explore the intersection between identity and professional interests. When does the intersection aid student development, and when does it limit potential growth?

Learning Outcomes:

  • learn about factors that influence individuals in student affairs graduate programs to be equitable in their attention to different student populations
  • discuss how their own identities impact their personal and professional lives