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Transcript of Margarita Lozano
Student Life and Leadership Assistant
In Fall 2015, I was hired as the Student Life and Leadership Assistant.
Prior to Cañada College, I graduated from San Diego State University with a Master of Arts (MA) in Postsecondary Educational Leadership.
My experiences as a first-generation and low-income student are what motivated me to pursue a career in higher education.
"There is no such thing as balancing time between family and work, we spend time either at work or at home. Now ask yourself where are you spending your time the most? Does that time spent align with your core values?" - Mentor
1> Strategic: I enjoy brainstorming ideas and providing feedback on work. Through this strength, I've been able to provide insight in group discussions and anticipate problems at work.
2> Activator: "Push" groups into action. Example, Blacademia hosted several Black History Month events this spring.
3> Connectedness: Several students, staff, and family come to me to share their personal experiences and listen to advice.
4> Input: Research skills have helped me "uncover" resources for students and staff (housing services).
5> Command: This strengths has helped me better engage participants during presentations.
Work collaboratively with Sparkpoint staff to connect students to resources and services (Cañada Cash/ Housing Assistance).
Assist in mentoring student, Megan Ackers-Williams.
Attend Puente sponsored events.
Top three takeaways:
1. This too shall pass.
2. Connect students to people not services.
3. Our daily habits are what contribute to our success or lack of it.
Learning is a lifelong experience that requires time and patience. More often than not we find it easier to be patient with others and impatient with ourselves. We forgive others and find it difficult to forgive ourselves. However, like (sun)flowers that take time to grow by watering it daily and absorbing the sunlight, we too need to water our souls daily and openly accept the sun rays of life throughout the storms and rainy days.
Academic Year 2015-2016
This past year has been a year of reflection and (re)exploring my "core values."
The transition from full-time student to full-time employment challenged me to reevaluate my priorities.
Help plan, promote and participate in Black History Month events.
Present in the 2016 OYE Conference (First Gen/ Low Income).
Invited and attended the 36th annual MLK, JR. Luncheon with students.
Dia De Los Muertos, Las Posadas, Welcome Week, Black History Month (Guest Speaker, Film Screening & Student Panel).
CCCSAA Conference, NCSL Student Leadership Conference, Spring 2016 Student Leadership Retreat.
Student Intern Resource Manual, Student Life front desk protocols and trainings, Housing Assistance (Met 1:1 with students and classroom presentations), Nominated as Vice President for Classified Senate.