Please take a moment to read a little about who I am, where I’ve been and where I want to take research administration in order to gain an understanding of my philosophy of learning design. I know a thing or two about inequity. From growing up in a low-income household as the mixed-racial minority son of refugee immigrants to being treated like a second-class citizen throughout my career, I’ve fought against unjust systems my whole life. Now I’m poised to do something about it and improve the lives of others in my chosen profession. As a research administrator, I’ve witnessed first-hand the implosion of a research administration teams that once held great promise and overflowed with raw talent. Ironically, it was the lack of education, resources, and opportunities for practice for these university employees that led to the team’s demise.
I desperately wanted to do something about it but found myself trapped. That’s why I entered the LDT MEd program. My experiences in Rossier’s 2-year program have imbued me with the four pillars of its mission statement: leadership, access, equity, and inclusion. With the knowledge gained in this program, I aim for something that will revolutionize research administration. I aim to develop a program that will truly catapult the profession into the 21st century. The field is ripe for it; I know because I’ve worked as a research administrator for nearly a decade—I can sense it.
As an instructional designer, I believe that fostering a collaborative and supporting environment is as important as evidence-based theories, principles and strategies for creating and implementing meaningful instruction. Which is why opportunities for practice and collaboration are embedded in my approach to designing instruction.
University of Southern California
Rossier School of Education - EdD in Educational Leadership - 2023
University of Southern California
Rossier School of Education - MEd Learning Design & Technology - 2020
California State University, Dominguez Hills
College of Health, Human Services & Nursing - BSc Healthcare Mgmt - 2012
Liberal Arts & Sciences Division - A.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences - 2009
EXPERIENCE / SKILLS
Research Administration + Instructional Design + Public Speaking + Project Management + Leadership + Training + Development + Education + Community Engagement
AWARDS / RECOGNITION
Outstanding Student Leader 2019
Presented by Rossier Student Government, this award is given to student leaders for their contributions to the Rossier community. In recognition of establishing the first ever online student organization at Rossier, Lambda Delta Tau Society, this award represents the dedication and commitment to creating equitable, accessible and inclusive communities for distant and in-person peers alike.
Hispanic Scholarship Foundation 2018
Proudly one of approximately 10,000 of the best and brightest Hispanic students in the country to receive a scholarship this year and gain access to HSF Scholar Support Services which include mentorship, career services, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness services..
Kavita Gupta Scholarship 2018
This award is named in honor of Kavita Gupta, who, since 2011, at the invitation of President C.L. Nikias, has been an Ambassador for the University of Southern California (USC). The scholarship is specifically offered to a student of merit.
Dornsife Spot Award 2017
This award is given monthly to employees that demonstrate exceptional performance, creativity, stellar organizational abilities, highly regarded work performance and/or act as an example of an exceptional team member.