I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education at the University of Michigan. I am a first generation college student from a refuge family and in my pursuit of higher education, I developed a passion for college access, issues of diversity and equity in higher education, success of first generation and immigrant college students, and disability accommodations. I graduated summa cum laude with highest distinction from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in Family Social Science where I also earned a master’s in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning.
I am working on a longitudinal study following 30 Hmong college students where I have presented my research at national and international conferences. Additionally, I am also a research assistant on the Wabash National Study. My research objectives include the disaggregation of data with Asian American students. My goal is a tenure track faculty position at a Research One institution where I will strive to make a difference for those who experience educational marginalization, whose cultural assets are often devalued, and for whom access to higher education seems impossible.
As the first in my family to go to college from an underserved population, I found I had to create my own guide in my pursuit of higher education. This blog is a collection of threads that make up that guide. Please join me as I continue onward in my doctoral program.
In my free time, I enjoy scrapbooking, journaling, planners (there is a cult following online!), movies, live music, my book club, and spending time with my husband, Mr. Bruce Lee, and my Maltese, Lily.
I would love to hear from you! Connect with me on social media or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.