I owe a great deal of gratitude to the Department of Human Relations program since receiving my master's degree in Human Relations in 2004 and pursuing a career in higher education. My career first began at the University of Oklahoma within the Division of Student Affairs while also enrolled as a graduate student. Upon graduation, I was able to apply lessons learned from the HR program to my daily work particularly in terms of organizational development, interpersonal communication, and multicultural competence. My education and training lead me to swift career growth opportunities and in less than 10 years post-master's, I have worked as a chief housing officer at a division I college, dean of students at a small liberal arts college, adjunct instructor at elite universities, and now the Associate Dean of Students at the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, my relationships with the wonderful HR faculty provided me the recommendation letters needed to start my doctoral study in Higher Education Administration at George Washington University which I successfully completed in 2014 and had the honor of giving the student address during the Graduate School of Education commencement. Needless to say, my educational development and career success is hugely due to my experience with the University of Oklahoma and the Department of Human Relations and I am thankful to be a Sooner every day.
Posted on Tue, August 16, 2016
by Stacy Smith