Master's: Multicultural Education, Summer 1967
Lesieli Tutuu 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: Chemical Dependency Counselor at Washington State Juvenile Rehabilitation Association. I advocate, coach and facilitate prisoners with therapeutic skills to be skillful in using to handle their negative emotions and allow them to work willingly in their treatment. This will allow them to prepare to transition to the community and their various home. State of Washington is educating me also into another Master Program in Drugs and Alcohol or addiction in order to function well in this world of Law and Justice.
Project: The Utilization of a Qualitative Research to Conduct a Congruent Culturally Unit
Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University, Hawaii. B.A: Elementary Education/Special Education.
Why did you choose the College of Education for your degree/credential program?
I came from an Island where education is very limited so California State University was the only answer at the moment because the Multicultural Master program fits my taste. I wanted to impact those islanders who lives in the US to envision their future in helping out in teaching, training, coaching those who are having the opportunity to have equality and equity of education in any place. I was desperate for more education and this program of Multicultural program was the only answer for my future.
How has your degree/credential impacted your professional and personal life?
Without my Multicultural experience in Sac State I won't be where I am now. I deal with youths and adults who are been incarcerated and been in juvenile life sentence. As their counselor and advocate for a better community and transition to their home and future resident. My MA in multicultural education has impacted those that I worked with to see the importance of celebrating our differences and embrace others cultures. It was this MA program allowed me to have access to this state job.