Rosario Torres

Master of Arts in Higher Education, Diversity and Social Justice

Field of Study: MA Higher Education - Diversity and Social Justice

Year in Program: 2nd Year

Where do you HAIL from? Long Beach, CA

Prior degree(s): B.A. in English Education and Chicana/o Latina/o studies, California State University Long Beach

Before coming to U-M: Prior to starting my graduate program at U-M, I held roles in college admissions and financial aid at Marymount California University, a small Catholic liberal arts university in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. I also taught 9th and 10th grade language arts for USC's Upward Bound Program.

Why your program? I chose the higher education at the University of Michigan because of the study trip they offer every summer. I felt that this was a unique and powerful way to gain a global perspective on higher education issues. I also was drawn to the cognates requirement which allows you to take classes at other schools. I've taken classes in Social Work and the Ross School of Business and found them to be very helpful for my own professional development and they have allowed me to personalize my graduate experience.

The best part of SOE so far: I love the community at SOE and CSHPE---both faculty and students. The counselors at SOE's Career Center are very helpful and friendly. I also love to study and do group work at the Brandon Center and enjoy the free pop :)

After graduation: Upon graduation, I hope to find a job that will allow me to continue advocating postsecondary access and success for historically underrepresented students either at a national non-profit or at a minority-serving institution.

Teach me something! I am a big fan of spending time outdoors during any season--Ann Arbor has some great parks. The Nichols Arboretum and Argo Conoery Livery are absolutely beautiful in the Fall.

My absolute favorite thing about being a student at U-M is attending any events with world renowned leaders. During my first year, I managed to see former president Barack Obama, Junot Diaz and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor.