Master's: Multicultural Education, Fall 2011
Yvette Medina-Olvera completed a Master's Degree in the College's Multicultural Education program. The Multicultural Education graduate program explores theoretical and pedagogical issues of bilingualism, multiculturalism, educational equity, and social justice, offering courses and experiences to assist educators to work successfully in classrooms, schools, and educational agencies within our diverse State.
Occupation: English Learner Language Specialist; Twin Rivers Unified School District
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Sacramento. B.A. Liberal Studies
Why did you enroll in the Multicultural Education MA program?
The decision for me to enroll in the MA multicultural education program at Sac State was an easy one for me. I obtained my multiple subject teaching credential through this program and I knew I wanted to pursue my studies in multiculturalism, bilingual education, social justice and race and ethnicity at a much deeper level.
We live in a very diverse state and unfortunately there are not many programs like the MA multicultural education program that truly prepare their teachers not only to work but support and teach diverse students. A good educator knows and understands that our students do not all fit in a "one size fits all" box and that they come to school from a very wide range of backgrounds, not only ethnically but also economically, socially and culturally. We cannot ignore how their circumstances and family life shape their attitudes towards school, this is why as an educator, it was a no brainer for me to realize that I had to incorporate multicultural education to my training. It is my belief that every single educator should go through such training before going into the classroom.
How has the MA in Multicultural Education impacted and/or shaped your professional/personal goals?
The training I received from the MA multicultural program has opened so many doors for me. I know I would not be where I am at if it wasn’t for the preparation I received through this program. As I’ve mentioned before, our students today come from a wide range of backgrounds with different needs but with a common goal which is to excel academically and be productive, successful citizens. The MA multicultural education program has prepared me to work with all students regardless of their background, race, or socio-economic background. In fact, I feel I have the preparation I need to work with disadvantaged students who many times are seen as “challenging” to many teachers. This is where I stand out, this is my area of expertise, and I am very proud to be singled-out as an educator who sees a “challenging” class or student as an opportunity rather than a challenge. I am comfortable in this situation and this is without a doubt because of the in depth training and preparation I received through the MA multicultural program. In my personal and professional opinion, every educator in the nation should go through such training. Programs like these are what help shape empathic educators that think out of the box and not only teach their students but empower them to create change and rise above their disadvantages.