Master's: Multicultural Education, Fall 2011
Lisa Vargas 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: Special Education Elementary School Teacher; Robla School District
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Sacramento. B.A. Ethnic Studies
Why did you enroll in the Multicultural Education MA program?
I applied for the MA in multicultural education in order to further my education to serve my community, but felt I lacked an understanding of exactly how to best serve folks. In today's educational system, there is a lack of understanding among educators regarding the importance of recognizing all students' culture and the personal knowledge they bring to the table.
How has the MA in Multicultural Education impacted and/or shaped your professional/personal goals?
After seeking a MA in Multicultural Education, I applied for a dual teaching credential program (Multiple Subjects and Special Education-M/M) and another MA concentration in Special Education. My educational goals at Sac State were nurtured by my professors such as Dr. Julie Figueroa, Dr. Nadeen Ruiz, Dr. Margarita Berta-Avila & Dr. Lisa William-White who enlightened me to the disparities our students in a Kindergarten through 12th grade setting are up against. How the educational system is set up to have our students fail rather than succeed, which can impact their pursuit (or lack there) of higher education.