Student Ambassadors

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Aaron Tran

Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training (AEDT)

Previous Institution(s)
BS in Information Technology and Systems
University of Washington Tacoma

Hometown
Tacoma, WA

Why Seattle University
Because of the online convenience and it's close enough where I can go to campus if needed.

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Shelbe Kukowski

Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training (AEDT)

Previous Institution(s)
BA in Political Science and History with a minor in Intercultural Studies

Hometown
Anchorage, Alaska

Hobbies/Interests
Cooking, playing card games, coaching volleyball, reading the news, traveling with my wife (across the globe or going on a 2- hour road trip), studying queer theology, campaigning for politicians, making snow angles, and eating delicious macarons while sipping champagne.  

Why Seattle University
Seattle U has a one of a kind program within the Seattle area for Adult Education and Training, this, coupled with a flexible online learning environment, made it the ideal program for me. 

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Avery Whittington

Master of Education in Student Development Administration (SDA)

Previous Institution(s)
BA in Psychology with a minor in Business Admin
Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA

Hometown
Slidell, LA

Hobbies/Interests
I enjoy getting out of the city as often as I can to go hiking and exploring the PNW, playing ultimate frisbee, board game nights, and checking out the various farmers markets around the city. 

Why Seattle University
I wanted to come somewhere that would be different and challenging. Being from South Louisiana, I wanted to live in a big city, but still have the opportunity to escape into nature to relax and explore. Seattle U's great location gives me the best of both worlds. Furthermore, the care that's exemplified at the university and specifically in the SDA program showed up even in the early parts of the application process and gave me the confidence that coming here, my personal and professional growth would be encouraged by people who truly care about who I am as a person. 

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Monika Delfierro

Master of Education in Student Development Administration (SDA)

Previous Institution(s)
BA in Psychology
University of Washington Tacoma

Hometown
Federal Way, WA

Hobbies/Interests
Cooking, photography, trying new restaurants/cafes, cuddling dogs (especially my dog), and Netflix 

Why Seattle University
I chose Seattle University after I took a campus tour and had that "fit" feeling. In addition, the SDA program and SU have been highly recommended from alumni, colleagues, and mentors as a great program. 

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Rose Ann E. Gutierrez

Master of Arts in Student Development Administration (SDA)

Previous Institution(s)
BA in Sociology
University of Richmond

Hometown
Virginia Beach, VA

Hobbie/Interests
Reading, writing, working out, photography, and trying new restaurants

Why Seattle University
I chose Seattle University for graduate school because of the mission, Student Development Administration program's curriculum, and faculty. Additionally, during my visit, I found community outside of my program, and in anything I have done, community has been at the center.

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Meredith Richards

Educational Specialist in School Psychology (SPSY)

Previous Institution(s)
MS in Counseling Psychology

Northeastern University

BA in Psychology 
University of New Hampshire

Hometown:
Clinton, CT

Hobbies/Interests
Yoga, cooking/baking, taking my daughter to swim and music classes 

Why Seattle University
Seattle University had a great reputation for the School Psychology program. Every district spoke highly of students whom they knew from SU and I connected with people who were in the program. Also, it was similarly financially to UW. Probably the most important aspect were the classes were in the evening and I could work and go to school which appealed to me. 

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Kelly Weatherby

Educational Specialist in School Psychology (SPSY)

Previous Institution(s)
BA in History
Central Connecticut State University

Hometown

New Britain, CT

Hobbies/Interests
Social justice; hiking, road trips, and general adventuring; strong coffee; salty air; whisky; wit.

Why Seattle University
Deep belief in social justice mission.

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Sara Robertson

Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Previous Institution(s)
MA Columbia University
BA Stanford University

Hometown
Seattle, WA

Hobbies/Interests
Raising kids and supporting my family; skiing, fishing, clamming, hiking, biking, and the watching severe weather!

Why Seattle University
I was drawn to returning to the field of teaching English as a second language after several different zigs and zags in my career. I appreciate the level of serious scholarship and diversity in the TESOL program, and Seattle U.'s commitment to social justice.


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Willa Kurland

Master of Education in Student Development Administration (SDA)

Previous Institution(s)
BA in Communication with a minor in Psychology and Global International Studies
University of California, Davis 

Hometown
Northern California

Hobbies/Interests
I enjoy getting out of the city as often as I can to go hiking and exploring the PNW, playing ultimate frisbee, board game nights, and checking out the various farmers markets around the city. 

Why Seattle University
In this field of higher education I hope to empower the voices that are often silenced, and chose Seattle U because of the SDA program focus on social justice and equity in education. I knew moving to a city like Seattle would challenge me as well as bring opportunities for me to explore and grow. I also had the chance to visit campus and attend preview days which was a major factor in helping me decide. Additionally the program’s emphasis on mentorship and the faculty’s willingness to answer my questions was a factor in my decision making process.