Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education, Organizational Behavior and Management
Hometown: Pomona, California
Undergraduate Institution: UC Irvine
Undergraduate Major/Minor: Social Sciences; Minor in Public Health
Masters: MA in Education from Harvard University (GSE)
U-M Affiliations: National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good; Coalition for Interdisciplinary Research on Latino/a Issues (CIRLI); Rackham Grad Parents; Becoming Educators of Tomorrow (BET); Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR); Division of Student Affairs
I chose CSHPE in the School of Education at the University of Michigan because I was seeking a doctoral program with a strong methodology curriculum. After working in higher education administration for the past twelve years, I was looking for a program that would compliment my work experience with high caliber research; and I found that here in CSHPE. I was also very drawn to the department and university because of its interdisciplinary nature and work. My research interests span multiple disciplines and I am allowed to explore learning in all disciplines, and in addition, find that our faculty are working collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects themselves. This was very enticing to me. Additionally, I selected to come to the University of Michigan because of the multitude of resources available to students that supplement our learning and engagement. And finally, as a mother of two wonderful sons, Marco (12) and Michio (7), I selected the University of Michigan because it is situated in the extremely family-friendly city of Ann Arbor, where the schools are excellent and the community values and appreciates family. Prior to coming to SOE, I worked full-time in higher education for the past 12 years. I have served in several capacities within outreach, multicultural affairs and student affairs at UC Irvine, U-M, and most recently at Santa Ana (Community) College, where I served as an associate dean. My passion has been in serving underrepresented and underserved students providing them an opportunity for educational success. Some of my best moments as a graduate student in CSHPE have been with my phenomenal cohort and the team that I work with at the National Forum.
Aurora is currently a Graduate Intern at the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. A Rackham Merit Fellow, her extracurricular involvement includes the Coalition for Interdisciplinary Research on Latino/a Issues (CIRLI), Rackham Grad Parents, Becoming Educators of Tomorrow (BET), Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR), and the Division of Student Affairs.
Kamimura’s program of study:
Organizational Behavior & Management