Amanda Winters

Master of Arts in Higher Education, Philanthropy, Advancement and Development, '14

Amanda  Winters, School of Education

Field of Study:  MA Higher Education - Philanthropy, Advancement & Development

Year in Program/Year of Graduation:  graduated 2014

Where do you HAIL from?  Ann Arbor, MI

Prior degree(s):  Kalamazoo College-Business and Economics

Before coming to U-M:  Prior to starting the master's program, I worked full time in the Office of University and Development Events in the Office of Development at the University of Michigan. I assisted in planning the university's major development, ceremonial, and presidential events. Before working at U-M, I served an AmeriCorps year at Madonna University in the Office of Service-Learning. There, I coordinated pre-college programs and college access initiatives, partnering with community organizations in Southwest Detroit and the Wayne/Westland/Livonia areas. I trained college students to serve as "College Positive Volunteers" while providing resources to underrepresented youth on the college going process.

Why this program?  Having worked in several areas of higher education prior to starting the program, I was eager to gain exposure to the theoretical and historical foundations of the field. I selected the Philanthropy, Advancement & Development concentration because I am interested in exploring how universities leverage private support to advance the mission.

The best part of SOE:  I have had the opportunity to delve deeper into many topics, policy issues, and theories within the field of higher education. I have also gained unique exposure to practical issues in the field through internships and coursework. In the Philanthropy and Higher Education course, for example, our class was provided the opportunity to act in the role of a foundation and give away $55,000 to local nonprofit organizations! I would not have had the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation with classmates and faculty around philanthropy while giving away real money to worthy causes had I not enrolled in this program.

After graduation:  I currently work in MCubed at the University of Michigan. MCubed is a unique, rapid seed funding program which supports multidisciplinary faculty research.

Teach me something!  On your birthday, grab a friend and visit one of the many Ann Arbor restaurants that give you half off of your bill!