Current Cohort Profiles

Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s Program
Class of 2021 Cohort

First Year Cohort

Rhiannon Coen-Johnson


Undergrad: University of Winsconsin- River Falls
Major: Communications
Hometown: Menomonie, WI
Assistantship: Student Activites- Late Night
Bio: I didn't start to feel comfortable on my previous campus until I became an orientation leader more


Undergrad: Westfield State University
Major: Special Education & Spanish
Hometown: Belchertown, MA
Assistantship: Community Standards
Bio: I aspire to empower those who feel that they’ve been excluded from our communities ... read more

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Undergrad: The University of Kansas
Major: Global and International Studies & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Topeka, KS
Assistantship: Fraternity & Sorority Life
Bio: While at KU, I served with the student programming board, board of class officers, headed KU’s largest day of service opportunity ... read more

Austin Gane


Undergrad: University of California- LA
Major: Psychobiology
Hometown: Upland, CA
Assistantship: Residential Life- Educational Initiatives
Bio: Some of the passion I hope to bring into my life include mental health adovcay, civil engagement more

Alquan Higgs


Undergrad: College of Saint Rose
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Assistantship: Student Activities: Trustee Student Orgs. Support
Bio: These positions helped me to realize the importance of advocacy and leadership development especially for students of color ... read more

Amanda Higgins


Undergrad: University of Connecticut
Major: Human Development and Family Studies
Hometown: Windsor, CT
Assistantship: Center for Students with Disabilities
Bio: After joining the E-Board my junior year I had the opportunity to be heavily involved with the Alumni Association's ... read more

Nicole Hyman


Undergrad: Furman University
Major: Political Science & Sociology
Hometown: Hartsville, SC
Assistantship: Office of Early College Programs- Pre-College Summer
Bio: It was during my term of service that I quickly realized... read more

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Undergrad: Eastern Connecticut State University
Major: English
Hometown: Windham, CT
Assistantship: Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services
Bio: Through these activities, I developed a student-centered and community based approach ... read more

Lupita Paniagua


Undergrad: Sonoma State University
Major: Liberal Studies with Minor in Women and Gender Studies
Hometown: Stockton,CA
Assistantship: Dean of Students Office
Bio: In my time at Sonoma State, I was an Orientation Leader, a Resident Advisor, ... read more

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Undergrad: Wesleyan University
Major: Government and Religion
Hometown: Boynton Beach, FL
Assistantship: Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Bio: It was after co-founding and working at TRAP House - a business incubator that refined hustlers’ entrepreneurial talent and redirected it to the formal market that - that I understood ... read more

Alexis Roach


Undergrad: Arcadia University
Major: Education Studies
Hometown: Hiawassee, GA
Assistantship: Student Activities- Leadership Programs
Bio: I am passionate about student leadership development and experiential learning opportunities (especially study abroad) more

Kiara Ruesta


Undergrad: University of Connecticut
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Vernon, CT
Assistantship: Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Bio: This decision is what motivated me to rejoin Connecticut Students for a Dream as a UndocuPeer trainer, join the CLAS Student Leadership Board ... read more


Undergrad: University of Vermont
Major: Psychological Science
Hometown: Branford, CT
Assistantship: Student Activities- Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG)
Bio: It was through my involvement in these activities that I felt myself develop so much as a student leader, but was also able to facilitate growth ... read more

Jasmine Sindico


Undergrad: Saint Mary's College of California
Major: Personality Psychology
Hometown: Eureka, CA
Assistantship: Office of Institutional Equity
Bio: Throughout undergrad, I was an Orientation Leader; a team leader for the Catholic Institute ... read more

Rachel Wada


Undergrad: Colorado State University
Major: Art History with a second filed in Chemistry
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Assistantship: Asian American Cultural Center
Bio: While at UMD I was able to develop as a human and as a practitioner and my desire to work with students ... read more

Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s Program
Class of 2020 Cohort

Class of 2020


Undergrad: College of Saint Rose
Major: Forensic Psychology
Hometown: Bogota, NJ
Assistantship: HESA Program
Bio: Up until my first semester sophomore year, I was convinced I would secure a job working for the FBI after I graduated ... read more


Undergrad: Stetson University
Major: English
Hometown: Palm Beach, FL
Assistantship: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Relations
Bio: My passion for student affairs developed through my positions at Stetson ... read more


Undergrad: University of Minnesota Morris
Major: Psychology (Communication, Media, and Rhetoric minor)
Hometown: Rogers, MN
Assistantship: Residential Life – Assistant Residence Hall Director
Bio: While in Morris, I was a Community Advisor for two years and then became a Hall Director my senior year ... read more


Undergrad: University at Buffalo
Major: History
Hometown: Ballston Spa, NY
Assistantship: Residential Life – Assistant Residence Hall Director
Bio: I completed two minors during my undergraduate years; Education and Educational Leadership and Policy for Equity ... read more


Undergrad: Muhlenberg College
Major: Music and Gender & Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
Assistantship: Rainbow Center
Bio: During my time as an undergraduate student, I was Vice-President of Membership for the band service fraternity, a tour guide, a student employee in the Admissions office, and an active performer around campus ... read more


Undergrad: University of Redlands
Major: Sociology and Anthropology
Hometown: San Dimas, CA
Assistantship: Residential Life – Assistant Residence Hall Director
Bio: In my sophomore year, I began working with Residence Life and Housing as a Community Assistant ... read more


Undergrad: Rider University
Major: Secondary Education, English Creative Writing
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Assistantship: Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life/Student Activities
Bio: While I was at Rider, I found my love for Student Affairs working in Admissions as a Tour Guide ... read more


Undergrad: California State University, Monterey Bay
Major: Liberal Studies, Literature Emphasis
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Assistantship: Residential Life - Assistant Residence Hall Director
Bio: In my time at CSUMB, I focused my studies on social justice as it relates to education ... read more


Undergrad: University of Connecticut
Major: Actuarial Science
Hometown: Arvada, CO
Assistantship: Center for Career Development
Bio: When I wasn’t studying, I spent most of my time in student organizations ... read more


Undergrad: Clark University
Major: English
Hometown: Princeton, MA
Assistantship: The Graduate School
Bio: I have been working in Residence Life for the past four years, first in Fargo, ND at North Dakota State University and most recently in Danbury, CT at Western Connecticut State University ... read more


Undergrad: University of Connecticut
Major: Finance
Hometown: New Haven, CT
Assistantship: Residential Life - Assistant Residence Hall Director
Bio: I was an honors student at UConn and worked hard during my four years to excel in the classroom as a Day of Pride Scholar ... read more


Undergrad: Eastern Connecticut State University
Major: English
Hometown: Manchester, CT
Assistantship: Education Abroad
Bio: I decided that I was going to be the first person in my family to go for a Bachelor’s degree ... read more


Undergrad: University of Georgia
Major: Criminal Justice and Spanish
Hometown: Port Antonio, Jamaica
Assistantship: Careers for the Common Good
Bio: I was born and raised in Port Antonio, Jamaica but now reside in New Haven, Connecticut where I teach
Spanish to high school sophomores and juniors ... read more


Undergrad: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Major: Marketing and Management
Hometown: Elysburg, PA
Assistantship: Pre-College Summer Program (Office of Early College Programs)
Bio: I enjoyed my business classes at Ship, but my involvement outside of the classroom allowed me to discover my true passion ... read more


Undergrad: University of Massachusetts Boston
Major: Communication
Hometown: Acushnet, MA
Assistantship: Student Union
Bio: My passion for working with students was realized when I began working as an Honors College Ambassador ... read more


Undergrad: Ithaca College
Major: English, Theatre Studies
Hometown: Grafton, MA
Assistantship: Dean of Students Office
Bio: My college experience also gave me lots of outdoor adventures, transformative leadership and volunteer experiences, and ultimately an interest in higher education administration ... read more


Undergrad: SUNY Genesco
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Assistantship: Women's Center
Bio: I would like to dedicate my career to supporting historically marginalized students in some capacity ... read more


Undergrad: Rutgers State University of New Jersey
Major: Psychology and Human Resource Management
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Assistantship: Residential Life - Assistant Residence Hall Director
Bio: Throughout my time as an undergrad, I have been involved in many activities which have ultimately sparked my interest in Student Affairs ... read more


Undergrad: Indiana University
Major: Biology
Hometown: St. Wendel, Indiana
Assistantship: Student Activities – Student Union Board of Governors
Bio: I intend to combine my two passions of student affairs and dairy cattle by working for an agriculture college and helping dairy science students ... read more