Assistantship: Fraternity & Sorority Life
Originally from Longview, Washington, Richard received a B.A. in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. Richard is currently working on a thesis encapsulating to understand the environment factors that contribute to males expressing hegemonic masculine behaviors in predominantly White fraternities, with an area of specialization in Assessment. Richard’s research interests include student leadership, residential communities, restorative justice, fraternity and sorority life, and masculinity issues. What Richard likes best about the CSSA program is how the program is practitioner based which has opened up conversations in the classroom that apply to real world experiences allowing to gain a better understanding of the field. The cohort model also allows for a large support system during your time at OSU. In Corvallis there is always something new to find and explore. Downtown offers many shops and restaurants, while there are also places to hike and explore.
Professional Position: Assistant Director of Operations and Communication, Admissions
Originally from Hurricane, Utah, Scott received in B.A. in Communications from Southern Utah University. Scott is doing a portfolio capstone with an area of specialization in Student Well-Being. Scott is interested in student health and wellness, and how educators can help students “flourish” in college and in life. What Scott likes best about the CSSA program is the freedom as a student to create your own academic pathway. What attracted Scott the most about Corvallis was the free bus fare, traditional college town, and the close proximity to the beach and Portland.
Assistantship: Academic Success Center
Sharece joins us from Dayton, Oregon with a B.A. in English from Northwest Nazarene University and a M.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Sharece is on the portfolio capstone route with an area of specialization in International Education and Social Justice. Sharece’s research interests include education abroad, and student development theory (ecological and cognitive-structural). Sharece appreciate the faculty and the cohort model of the CSSA program. What Sharece enjoys most about Corvallis is the beer, the green city, and that’s not too far from Portland, Eugene, and the Oregon Coast.
Assistantship: University Housing & Dining Services
Carina is originally from Stockton, California, and has received her B.A. in Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies, with a minor in Queer Studies from Sonoma State University. Carina is doing a portfolio capstone with an area of specialization in Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Higher Education. Carina’s research interests include intentional programs that support historically marginalized students, and institutional discrimination experienced by students with multiple intersecting marginalized identities. What Carina likes most about the CSSA program is the flexibility of personalizing the program to fit your needs and your individualized experiences. Carina loves Broken Yolk (a local breakfast hot spot) in Corvallis!
Assistantship: Beth Ray Center for Academic Support
Lauren is originally from Salem, OR, and has received a B.A. in Psychology from University of Portland. Lauren is doing a portfolio capstone in the form of a website. Lauren’s area of specialization is Transitions across the lifespan of a student; Looking at typical student transitions experienced in higher education: transition in the first year, major transition/changes, transition into the workforce, and transition into grad school programs. Lauren’s research interests include student transitions, transfer students, and undecided students. Coming from a very small institution, Lauren likes the cohort model in establishing relationships and feeling a great sense of belonging, even at a large institution. What Lauren likes about Corvallis is how friendly everyone is and the quaint nature of downtown. It also has some great
Assistantship: Student Conduct & Community Standards
Maria is an graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences. Maria’s hometown is Hermiston, Oregon. Maria is doing a portfolio capstone with an area of specialization in Cross-Cultural Studies. Maria’s research interests include students of color, low-income students and access, student development and involvement, community colleges, international studies, and student retention. What Maria likes the most about the CSSA program is the ability to be able to explore different functional areas and to be able to decide what experiences to pursue in terms of internships and courses. Maria loves connecting with various professionals on campus and building mentoring relationships. Maria believes the program really sets students up to build their own skills and professionalism while being able to pursue a career they are passionate for. Coming from a dry climate in Hermiston, Maria loves seeing many trees and how green the campus is.
Assistantship: Career Services
Jessica is originally from Boone, North Carolina. Jessica received a B.S. in Spanish Education from Appalachian State University. Jessica is doing a portfolio capstone with an area of specialization in Transformative Learning in Co-Curricular Activities. Jessica’s research interests include experiential education, civic engagement and service learning, international experiences, alternative break, and outdoor experiences. Jessica loves the opportunity to personalize the program and the ability to create your own area of specialization. Jessica likes the small town feel of Corvallis, especially the trees and flowers on campus.
Assistantship: Women’s Center
Janet joins us from Los Alamitos, California. Janet has received a B.A. in Human Communication, focusing on Peace Studies from California State University Monterey Bay. Janet is doing a portfolio capstone with an area of specialization in Social Justice Facilitation. Janet’s research interests include social justice education, intersectional identity development, privilege and oppression, and identity development. Janet enjoys the flexibility of the CSSA program, being able to choose your own pathway and allowing to be more autonomous in the process, while coordinating your own development and learning possibilities. Janet enjoys the community feel of Corvallis where everyone is kind and welcoming. It’s a true college town with good food and good beer!
Assistantship: Student Conduct & Community Standards
Kris is originally from Chugiak, Alaska, and has received a B.A. in Linguistics and Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon. Kris is doing a portfolio capstone with an area of specialization in Non-traditionals Paths to Completion. Kris’ research interests include adult and continuing education, student belonging, and experiential learning. What Kris enjoys about the CSSA program is that the faculty is made up of practitioners who are always willing to share their experiences and mentorship on a 1-1 basis; it gets pretty deep. Despite the rain, Kris loves the bike commute to campus!
Assistantship: Office of the Dean of Student Life
Esther is originally from Portland, Oregon, and has received a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon. Esther is doing a thesis capstone on Asian cultural centers cultivating racial identity development of Asian American students at predominantly White institutions, with an area of specialization in Cross-Cultural Studies. Esther’s research interests include racial/ethnic identity development, student involvement, retention, and multicultural affairs. Esther enjoys the flexibility of personalizing the CSSA program to the specific interest and passions of students, and because the program is less structured it allows the students to be more autonomous in their involvement with internships and courses. Corvallis has a small town-feel but there’s lots of activities to get involved in, on and off-campus. The city caters to a variety of people interested in hiking, shopping, crafts, biking, and etc.
Assistantship: New Student Programs & Family Outreach
Emma is originally from Sherwood, Oregon, and has received a B.A. in English Literature and History from Willamette University. Emma is doing a thesis capstone with a research focus on the experience of pregnant graduate students and from what sources are students receiving support as they balance roles both role. Emma is doing an area of specialization in Student on the Margin: Serving Students with Marginalized Identities in Higher Education. Emma’s research interests include student parents, first-generation students, and transitions/student orientation. What Emma likes best about the CSSA program is the support and encouragement from cohort mates, mentors/supervisors, and instructors. They are so many people who want to see students succeed and are willing to offer guidance and support in the process. Emma loves good food and running trails in Corvallis. There are beautiful places to explore in the area when a student break is warranted and you need to get out of the library!
Assistantship: Men’s Development and Engagement
Romeo is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. Romeo has received a B.S. in Ethnic Studies, and Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. Romeo is doing a portfolio capstone with an area of specialization in Supporting Student Well-Being (spiritually, disability, advising, career services, financial aid, men’s development, etc.). Romeo’s research interests include men’s development in college, and student debt among college students. Romeo appreciates the opportunity to engage with great practitioners from the field of student affairs (in the classroom and in the greater OSU community), and the flexibility of the program allowing students to make their own choices regarding areas of interests and experiences that will support their professional development and goals. Romeo enjoys the cycling trails and outdoor opportunities in Corvallis.
Assistantship: University Honors College
Shalece is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Shalece has received her B.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Hawaii Pacific University. Shalece is doing a thesis capstone with research in supporting the families of international graduate students, and an area of specialization in International Student Programming and Advising. What Shalece likes most about the CSSA program is the opportunity to make professional connections on campus (OSU has a lot of CSSA alumni!) and off-campus through regional internships and conferences. Shalece likes the safe and productive community of Corvallis with FREE public transportation.
Assistantship: Career Services
Originally from Hermiston, Oregon, Rebecca is a graduate from Oregon State University with a B.A. in Sociology with Spanish and Women’s Studies minors. Rebecca is doing a portfolio capstone in a form of a website or a blog with an area of specialization in Transitioning Students. Rebecca’s research interests include career development, leadership development, and social justice. Rebecca believes there is a lot of opportunity for hands on experience at OSU and various institutions in the area. Professionals from various institutions are familiar with the CSSA program and are eager to work with CSSA interns. Rebecca appreciates the focus, culture, and social justice aspect of the CSSA program. What Rebecca appreciates about Corvallis is that it’s a small town with a big personality. Due to the influence of the university, there are a lot of up-and-coming restaurants as well as cultural events. It’s a great town if you like outdoor activity, like hiking. Corvallis is centrally located to the beach, Portland, and the mountains.
Assistantship: University Exploratory Studies Program
Michelle joins us from Athens, Ohio. Michelle received her B.A. in Economics from Ohio University. Michelle is doing a thesis capstone with research in ethnic studies and students of color, with an area of specialization in Academic Support and Social Justice. Michelle’s research interests include students of color, undocumented students, transgender students, first-generation students, sense of belonging, validation, academic support services, academic advising, retention, graduation, campus climate, transition, and college access. What Michelle likes most about the CSSA program is the ability to create your own specialization and to choose from a variety of OSU grad-level courses including creating your own reading and conference, project, or internship. Corvallis allows you to bike to campus year-round, they have beautiful flowers in the spring, and fruit picking in the summer! Michelle also enjoys the location and the ability to travel to other places like Bend (snowboarding!), the Oregon Coast, Canada, and etc.