International and Multicultural Education EdD

Malihe Eshghavi

Malihe Eshgavi, International & Multicultural Education EdDProgram: International & Multicultural Education EdD with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition
Hometown: Shahrood, Iran
Email: meshghavi@dons.usfca.edu

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE USF?

At USF I am able to combine my interests in International and Multicultural Education as a major with a focus on Second Language Acquisition for my doctoral study program. This combination also has the best overlap with my previous background as a language instructor. In addition, a very significant factor in choosing USF has been the faculty and professors, who have all been extremely supportive and inspiring for me. While initially reviewing the various professors’ biographies, I could readily see how close my research interests are with theirs. Both the practical as well as the rigorous methods of instruction at the school is superb.

WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR PROGRAM OR USF SO FAR?

The range of research interests among professors is breathtaking. The teaching approaches with which the professors engage the class has provided great encouragement to students while concentrating on studies. The USF faculty is all so very friendly and positive that one very quickly feels like a member of an intimate family. Moreover, in my particular program, International and Multicultural Education, there are two concentrations: Human Rights and Second Language Acquisition. Whenever I attend program events and engage myself among the students and professors, the environment’s ambiance invokes a particular poem, written in the 13th century by the Iranian poet Sa'adi, which has become a motto decorating the entrance to the Headquarters of the United Nations:

Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you've no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain!
-- Sa’adi

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS?

I would advise prospective domestic students to come visit our beautiful campus and discuss their interests with both the faculty and students, and for prospective international students I would suggest that they also browse the school’s internet site in order to further contact faculty with regard to any more specific questions about the programs.

FAVORITE BAY AREA RESTAURANT:

While I really enjoy the great diversity of the many, many restaurants in San Francisco, I have lately enjoyed Gallardo’s Mexican Restaurant in the Mission for its variety of cuisine. I especially love the soups (caldos) such as birria, as well as the dishes such as sopes and chiles rellenos. I would delight in discussing the many culinary and other adventures which new students will have in scenic San Francisco.

Tony Santa Ana

Tony Santa Ana, International & Multicultural Education EdDProgram: International & Multicultural Education EdD with a concentration in Human Rights Education
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Email: aasantaana@usfca.edu

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE USF?

The intersection between academia and community.

WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR PROGRAM OR USF SO FAR?

The community cohort of loving and intelligent students.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS?

Give me a call so we can talk about the program!!!

FAVORITE BAY AREA RESTAURANT:

Wow!!! This is hard but I love delicious food that feeds the soul!

Lina Lenberg

Lina Lenberg, International & Multicultural Education EdDProgram: International & Multicultural Education EdD with a concentration in Human Rights Education
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Email: llenberg@dons.usfca.edu

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE USF?

USF offers one of the few graduate programs in Human Rights Education in the country and provides a great balance of scholarship, community and activism. The general atmosphere and expectations within the School of Education create an accessible, mutually respectful, supportive and engaging learning environment.

WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR PROGRAM OR USF SO FAR?

I have been greatly inspired by my professors and classmates. Assigned readings and class discussions are always stimulating, and I have learned interesting and relevant things from everyone I have encountered in the program. I have really enjoyed making connections with many thoughtful and caring people, both personally and professionally.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS?

I would suggest that prospective students sit in on a class in order to experience the learning environment for themselves. I would also emphasize that what students learn in classes can be directly applied to their current or future work outside of the program, so they can expect to acquire a number of useful resources. Also, be open to meeting new people, having conversations and growing as a scholar and educator!

FAVORITE BAY AREA RESTAURANT:

Taquerias, Indian Food, Turkish