Position: Program Assistant for the UE School Based Programs
What led you to your current position: My professional background is mostly in childcare/early childhood education, and I have been collaborating with community outreach organizations since secondary school. As I have spent most of my time working with marginalized communities, I decided in college that I would focus more on those who are the most at-risk in our communities: children. I began working in early childhood education/childcare and have spent the last several years in a school setting. I have worked with kids from Pre-k to collegiate ages acting as an After School teacher, tutor, mentor, academic success coach, and counselor. Knowing that I have aspirations of going to law school in the future, I wanted to switch from in-person childcare to a more administrative role that would allow me to grow professionally and accumulate skills that I could utilize in my future career.
What inspires you to do this work: I have always loved spreading joy and helping others. In my role, I support 4 different programs: West Bay, South Bay, West Coast Connections, and the SpEd program. Knowing that I am able to help members from these amazing programs everyday and hearing all of the exciting stories from peers about their journeys throughout their careers has helped to inspire me to bring my best self to work every day. As I continue to learn in my role, I cannot help but be motivated by the amazing people I have met.
What is a recent highlight you’ve experienced in the work or an important lesson you’ve learned in this role: The most recent highlight was when I supported and attended the winter parties for several of the UE programs. My own programs are spread out a bit and I don’t get to see the others much since I do not support them; it was nice to see everyone in the different spaces and really feel the unique energy that each one has. Each team has helped me to learn an important lesson during my time here at Seneca: Success starts and ends with people. Every staff member I have interacted with at Seneca has always emphasized that growth, success, and understanding will come, but so will some twists and turns that may be unexpected. By helping me to offer myself the grace to navigate these, Seneca has shown me a human-centered approach to teaching and learning that I had rarely experienced at previous workplaces.
Share your life motto or something unique about yourself: My motto in life is a quote by Ayn Rand that says, "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.” I love this quote as it allows me to let go of a doubt-centered mindset and to focus on a goal-centered one.