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MPACE’s 2020 MLI Scholarship Winners

Thursday, April 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Education & Professional Development Committee
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Amid all that is going on right now in our lives, the Education & Professional Development Committee is pleased to share some happy and uplifting news to hopefully brighten your day. Our Committee has the privilege of reviewing and selecting MPACE’s MLI Scholarship winners. This year, we had a great set of applications, demonstrating strong leaders throughout MPACE. We are honored to highlight two exceptional leaders who really stood out to our committee: Caroline Lee, Assistant Director for Career Services at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and José Rodriguez, Interim Assistant Director of Employer Engagement at Salt Lake Community College.

Caroline Lee is currently the Assistant Director, Career Services at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Caroline moved to Los Angeles last summer from Washington, DC, where she worked at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) in the University Career Center for five years. While at UMD, she developed wide-ranging expertise in career coaching, employer relations, and instructional design through multiple different roles, including Program Director – Career Foundations, On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator and Online Career Course Coordinator.  Caroline's start in the career services world began as an undergraduate student as a Peer Career Advisor at Colgate University, and she has been motivated by her vision to help students realize their full career potential ever since. Caroline received her M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Maryland, College Park and her a B.A. from Colgate University.

José Rodriguez was raised in Salt Lake City and is a double graduate from the University of Utah. They received a Bachelors of University Studies in Social Justice and Policy and a minor in Spanish. He went on to receive a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Education, Culture, and Society and has accumulated over ten years of experience working in the private sector. Now at Salt Lake Community College, José uses his empathy and storytelling to relate to student to create actionable plans and strategies while navigating institutions that have traditional marginalized first-generational students of color. He is passionate about finding ways in which to make the field of career services more inclusive and equity-minded.  In their spare time you can catch them watching the latest Netflix show, catching a flick at the indie theater, throwing a dinner for my family and friends, or exploring the world one vacation at a time.


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