Macario Figueroa, Program Coordinator

It should not be underestimated the impact collegiate environments have on student development. Much of the reason I have chosen this vocation stems from the very impact university life had on me. To me, the Student Affairs professional is a position held by those looking to become a champion of students, their supporter and resource. You become a facilitator for change in the lives of those who, upon entering such hallowed halls, become future change agents. Students shape institutions, colleges, and programs respectively; it is they who set the tone for the university, becoming embodiments of its mission and values. It is their excellence that propels knowledge into practice on a national and global scale.

In my work I have spent much time honing my skills in equity-based, social justice work, student advising, orientation, assessment, and program/project development and implementation. Experiences operating in Residence Life, Multicultural Centers, Offices of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Engagement, and Student Activities, has imparted in me greater consideration of the wants and needs of current collegiate student populations. In my continued aim to promote greater awareness and understanding of varied student experiences, I aspire to establish means through which those entering our institutions are granted the opportunity to excel in their endeavors, departing with a greater sense of purpose, resolve, and want for positive change upon graduation. 

The actuality of underrepresented students and their lived experiences are often difficult to grasp; the populations making up said group each come with their own complexities. It is within the SEED Scholars Honors Program I aim to create an environment whereby our scholars can cultivate self-actualization moments. Each has limitless potential, each deserving of greatness. All it takes is the planting of a seed; watch it grow into its glory.

Education:

  • Diablo Valley College, A.A. in Anthropology
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in Anthropology
  • The Ohio State University, M.A. in Educational Studies, Higher Education and Student Affairs