Urban Education and Social Justice MA

Ruby Rodriguez

Ruby Rodriguez, Urban Education and Social Justice MAProgram: Urban Education and Social Justice
Hometown: South San Francisco
Email: rkrodriguez@dons.usfca.edu 

WHY USF?

I chose USF specifically because of the Urban Education and Social Justice program. When visiting and meeting with professors, alumni, and current students I could see the genuine passion in wanting to make a difference in urban education while focusing and learning about Social Justice matters. Since I had researched other options wanting to make sure that I was making the right decision I chose to audit a class, emphasis on ONE class, long story short I left certain that USF was where I was meant to be—the rest is history!

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR PROGRAM THUS FAR?

There are so many highlights: meeting amazing people, having dope professors, having such interesting classes. But the greatest highlight of it all would have to be the amount of growth I see in myself. My program has only made me more passionate and has reassured me of how meaningful this work is. This program pushes you outside of your comfort zone and challenges you to be the best YOU you can be.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS?

First, ask yourself why you want to be a teacher, and as you begin to research every program you are interested in, see if your “why” matches and aligns with what the program embodies. Don’t just read about the program—make the effort to meet with pillars of the program, professors, current students, alumni: people who make the program what it is.

FAVORITE BAY AREA RESTAURANT

One of the benefits of living in the bay is that there are so many awesome restaurants, there is no need to have a favorite!

If you believe in the art of teaching, are willing to put in the time to grow, and believe in the impact you can make then look no further!