Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

From the Scholars' Corner

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

From the Scholars' Corner

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Attending the 2014 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education national conference in Costa Mesa legitimized my experiences as a graduate student pursuing a PhD degree in education at Claremont Graduate University. Being an AAHHE Graduate Student Fellow at the conference allowed me to embrace my scholar identity to its fullest potential.What led me to participate in this program was encouragement from AAHHE Fellow alumni.They shared with me their experiences and excitement of building a strong network of other graduate students. As a result of participating, I now feel confident in pursuing my education toward a tenure-track position as a professor. Being part of a community within higher education that fosters a culture of support is what everyone needs, but it begins with graduate school mentorship.

I received excellent mentorship in the Mexican-American Studies Department at San José State University during my master's program. Professors Magdalena Barrera, Genevieve Negron-Gonzales, and Marcos Pizarro were instrumental in my pursuit of applying and being admitted to a doctoral program. I could not have persisted in graduate school without their inspiring support, and I often take a moment to reflect on their mentorship. I have learned that a significant part of mentorship is sharing our experiences with others, making graduate school a rich experience. Being present at AAHHE, I witnessed collective mentorship taking place: faculty and administrators sharing their individual and collective struggles and triumphs with graduate student fellows. …

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