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hold professional positions in nearly every state and in several other countries. Alumni also hold numerous middle and upper management positions at colleges and universities including serving as Coordinators, Directors, Assistant and Associate Deans, Deans, Vice Presidents, and Presidents. They have played a significant role in the field by holding high level leadership positions in a number of professional associations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American College Personnel Association, the Association of College Unions International, and the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association to name a few. CSSA Alum have received awards in case study competitions, National Dissertation of the Year competitions, and as Outstanding New Professionals in the field.
Sarah Garcia, M.S. (She, Her, Hers) is the Associate Director for Student Life: Cultural Engagement & Inclusion at California Lutheran University.
Sarah is an educator, innovator, and change agent dedicated to creating and sustaining environments that allow all to thrive. As the Assistant Director of Student Life, Sarah leads both the Center for Cultural Engagement & Inclusion and Civic Engagement and Leadership. With over 4 years of experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within higher education institutions, she is excited to help advance Cal Lutheran's mission of developing global leaders dedicated to service and justice. Sarah also serves on Cal Lutheran's Incident Response Team and Core DEI Team, which leads CLU's institutional DEI efforts and initiatives. Prior to joining Cal Lutheran, Sarah completed her BA in communication and Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her MS in College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University
Eric Stoller is the Vice President of Digital Strategy at @GeckoEngage. Prior to joining Gecko, Eric spent nine years as a higher education digital engagement consultant. He completed his master’s in CSSA and of the program he had this to say: "The OSU CSSA program provides a blend of academic and practitioner-based experiences that are fundamental for student affairs professional success. With a familial cohort environment, CSSA is one of the best graduate programs in student affairs. I'm obviously biased because I loved my CSSA experience. Having worked within student affairs as a practitioner/consultant since 2002, I've engaged with universities/colleges in the US, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and CSSA gave me an educational foundation that directly impacts my professional success and career achievement. For anyone who is looking for a masters level degree in higher education, CSSA is a smart choice. Plus, Corvallis, Oregon is a lovely town in a beautiful state. #GoBeavs"
Nayeli Contreras is the coordinator of the OSU Open Campus and Juntos programs for Morrow and Umatilla counties. Open Campus and Juntos provides access to education through community based partnerships and unique programming. Open Campus launched Juntos in Oregon in 2012. Juntos (“together” in Spanish) is a multi-component program designed to bring Latinx families and educational institutions together to create pathways to higher education for Latinx youth and their families. The program’s motto is “Juntos para una Mejor Educación” (Together for a Better Education). Juntos is unique among college access programs because it engages the entire family with a strong emphasis on cultural responsiveness, while minimizing barriers to participation. Contreras grew up and went to school in Umatilla and Hermiston. She is a graduate of Hermiston High School. She graduated from OSU in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family sciences. During college she participated in the College Assistance Migrant Program and was a student worker for the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez for three years. She recently completed a master’s in the College Student Services Administration program in OSU’s School of Language, Culture, and Society.
Isis Lowery is the Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement, overseeing career development and the Selmon Mentoring Institute at the University of South Florida. Prior to USF, Isis was a graduate intern with Oregon State's Student-Athlete Development department. During her time as a graduate intern, she earned her master's degree in Education, specializing in College Student Services and Administration (2022). Lowery earned her bachelor's degree in Public Health, Majoring in Human Development & Family Sciences at Oregon State (2016-20), where she was a student-athlete on the Women’s Gymnastics team. Best known for her floor routines, Lowery was Second Team All-American and Second Team All-Pac-12 on the Floor exercise (2019) and Woman of The Year Nominee (2020). Lowery also earned All-Pac-12 Academic Honorable Mentions (2018 & 19) and was named WCGA Scholastic All-American (2020). Prior to Oregon State, she was a Australian Senior National Team member (2014), State All-Round Champion and National Vault Champion (2014). Lowery also was a co-founder of DAM Change, a student-athlete led organization, designed for Black Student-Athletes at Oregon State to use their platform and bring awareness, education and understanding to systemic racism in the United States.
David Trinidad is an advisor for Oregon State’s World Language and Cultures program. David is from Nyssa, Oregon and completed his undergraduate degree at Oregon State University as a first-generation migrant student. During his master’s program, he completed a graduate assistancehsip in Dreaming Beyond Borders where he supported the undocumented community. David continues to apply his CSSA degree in developing programs and promoting diversity initiatives and student support systems for underrepresented students.
Ashley Weibel is a career advisor, within the Graduate Career & Professional Development Program at the University of Denver. Ashley completed her undergraduate degree at Whitman College, where she coordinated a community engagement program, “Bilingual United” that connected students with dual-language immersion elementary classrooms. She completed her master’s in CSSA specializing in online academic advising.