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Student Biographies - M.Ed. in Higher Education

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Sean Baser

Sean Baser

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sean Baser found a home at the University of Houston, where he currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for Student Conduct and Advocacy in the Dean of Students Office. Having been raised on public university and community college campuses in Oklahoma, where education is often used as a political pawn, he pursued a M.Ed. in Higher Education because of the program’s commitment to utilizing higher education as an institution of social change. With guidance from the College’s array of experienced and dedicated faculty, he gained a better understanding of the critical issues facing higher education today. His career interest in pursuing a Ph.D. specializing in higher education policy was cemented following his internship at the Institute for Education Policy Research and Evaluation (IEPRE). With a motivation to contribute to research as a policy analyst and university faculty member, Sean is interested in how policymakers use research, the role political ideology plays in the decision-making process, and the influence intermediary interest groups have on higher education policy.

Nora Bayly

Nora Bayly

Growing up in Upstate New York, I would have never dreamed I'd be a part of the Powerhouse that is the University of Houston, let alone a staff member and a proud Coog! I majored in Communication at the University at Buffalo; where my time there solidified my passion for beneficial work, specifically working with students; which led me to the University of Houston in 2013. My career goals consist of becoming even more of a driving force in the Bauer Honors Program here at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, and continuing the effectiveness of the incredible Bauer leadership and student success initiatives. My greatest passion is mentoring students, applauding their accomplishments and coaching them through their undergraduate career. I get immense satisfaction and joy out of being a sounding board, cheerleader, confidant, and source of tough love for the students I work with. I’m excited to embark on this new educational chapter of my life here as a Masters student in the M.Ed. in Higher Education Program, and take everything I learn from the classroom into my professional approach.
Lauren Berryhill

Lauren Berryhill

Lauren Berryhill is from The Woodlands, Texas. Her favorite aspects of the M.Ed. in Higher Education program are the collaborative and interactive learning environment and the accessibility of the professors. Lauren is currently a Career Counselor with Career Services at UH where she assists students with career exploration and job search techniques in addition to leading workshops on various career-related topics. She previously worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Dean of Students Office and oversaw the Commuter Assistant Program, a transitional program for first-year commuter students. Lauren’s favorite parts of working in higher education are positively impacting students as well as assisting them in finding career paths they are truly passionate about. Her career goal is to become a Vice President of Student Affairs. View Lauren's video
Erica Njoku

Erica Njoku

As a native Houstonian, the University of Houston has always felt like home. The Higher Education program is comprised of professors that diligently pursue excellence in their own work and thus encourage a similar drive for excellence in students. During my time in the program, I took every opportunity to gain more experience in Student Affairs. Fortunately, there are a vast number of graduate assistantship positions available on campus, and the internship requirement provides an opportunity to gain more professional experience. I had the privilege of serving as the Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Programming for Student Life in the Student Center, as well as a Marketing Intern in Auxiliary Services. In addition to my professional experiences, I was able to learn a great deal from my cohort, which included people from many walks of life and from across the world. I plan to spend the early stages of my career working in Student Affairs, preferably within Residence Life. I hope to spend my future exploring and developing policies that improve higher education for all people who aspire to attain a collegiate education. View Erica's video
 Samantha Seale

Samantha Seale

The UH Higher Education Program has been a rewarding experience for me in so many ways.  I enjoy the face-to-face setting, not only for the classroom experience, but also because I love all of the students in our cohort!  This program has provided me with countless networking opportunities, great professors, useful research projects, courses that apply to my current job, and so much more.  This unforgettable experience will position me well for future career opportunities.

 Ian Todd

Ian Todd

Coming from combat military service, Ian has committed his life to a mission of public service, seeking to uplift and transform the community around him.  He has served in a myriad of projects for the nonprofit sector and was recognized by the Mayor of Houston for his efforts in community organizing.  Following that recognition, Ian chose to pursue his M.Ed. in Higher Education at the University of Houston.  Through higher education, Ian aspires to transform his community by engaging the unlimited potential of the students through service leadership.  At UH, he thoroughly enjoyed the examination of higher education systems, which allowed him a greater understanding of how to connect colleges with their communities.  Ian has ambitions to transform a small liberal arts college into a leader of public service. View Ian's video
 

Gracie Villarreal

I chose UH and the Higher Education program because it was the perfect fit for me both professionally and personally.  Professionally, the higher education program will allow me to further my career in Student Services; personally, the online option allowed me to obtain my master's degree while working full-time.  My goal, now that I recently completed the master's program is to continue to climb the ladder of administrative roles and become director of a department such as Disability Services where I, along with my team members, can provide an inclusive environment and assist students achieve their higher educational goals as I have.