HESA Class of 2021 Cohort


Class of 2021 Cohort

Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s Program
Class of 2021 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 ...read 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 ...read 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) ...read more

Kiara Ruesta


Undergrad: University of Connecticut
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Vernon, CT & Lima, Peru
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