Master's: Multicultural Education, Spring 2006
Adrienne Thompson 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: As the Diversity Manager of Faculty Recruitment & Retention at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR. A state with little diversity; I have an awesome opportunity to make a difference among the faculty at OHSU by serving as a resource for search committees, HR managers, chairs and deans by providing trainings and strategies for successful diversity recruitment and retention. In addition, implement the necessary policies and procedures to ensure that cultural differences are respected and valued.
Thesis: Knowledge is Power Program College Preparatory Charter School (KIPP) : An Analysis of Students' Reading Perceptions and California Standardized Test Results
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, San Jose. B.A: Sociology.
Why did you choose the College of Education for your degree/credential program?
I enrolled in the MA in Multicultural Education at Sac State because it is a unique program that prepares educators to teach, work and be a leader in today's society that encompasses a wide array of cultures. My teaching method is equity pedagogy whereas the curriculum in multicultural education at Sac State promoted and valued this method of teaching. I knew my life-long work would be in diversity. Therefore having this background enhanced my understanding of multiculturalism.
How has your degree/credential impacted your professional and personal life?
When I tell stakeholders that I have a MA in multicultural education they are very impressed because not many people are professional trained in this area which is very much needed in the society we live in. With my MA in Multicultural Education and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Sac State as well. My background is very diverse and needed in higher education and the workforce. Henceforth, I have opportunities to conduct workshops on unconscious bias, diversity, and cultural competency. I am called on as the "diversity expert" to give talks on building culturally competent organizations.