Lynch School Ambassadors

The Lynch School Ambassador Program consists of master's students across academic programs who work with The Graduate Office of Student Services, Admissions and Financial Aid. In addition to the program representatives there is also an ambassador for International students and the Fifth Year program. These current students provide insight into your potential program as well as what the Lynch Graduate School has to offer. They serve as an informal resource to graduate students on course selection, field work and practicum experiences, and graduate student life. They are always willing to connect with prospective and current students via emails, drop-in meetings, or other informal events.

Meet Our Student Ambassadors

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Viridiana Villalva Salas

Viridiana Villalva Salas

Curriculum & Instruction Ambassador

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Viridiana is a first-year Master's student in the Curriculum and Instruction program. She is from Chicago, Illinois, and earned her Bachelor's degree in English from Connecticut College. 

Why did you choose BC?

During my search for a Master's Program, I was looking for a program that aligned with my values as an educator and whole person. BC's Curriculum and Instruction program has such a strong focus on social justice, so I felt that it was a great fit! 

Academic and/or Career Interests

My primary research focus is decolonial education within English Literary classrooms. I hope to one day obtain a Ph.D. and run a teacher education program centralized around anti-racism pedagogy at a higher education institution. 

Personal Interests

Ever since I was a child, I have loved cooking and baking. I spend a lot of time testing new bakes and requiring anyone around me to taste them with me.

 


Lydia Sullivan

Lydia Sullivan

Higher Education Ambassador

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Lydia lived in Maine her entire life before moving to Boston to attend graduate school. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bates College in 2020 and decided to enter straight into Boston College to pursue her M.A. in Higher Education Administration.

Why did you choose BC?

Lydia was a religious study major in undergrad and is interested in the intersection of religion and education. She was drawn to Boston College due to its Jesuit mission and values. She was also excited about the prospect of the graduate assistantship program, which would allow her to work part-time and gain valuable work experience, while still pursuing her degree as a full-time student.

Academic and/or Career Interests

Lydia has an assistantship in the Office of Student Involvement, where she oversees a portfolio of student organizations. One of her primary responsibilities is working with the various Boston College dance organizations. Lydia is interested in the administrative side of higher education, which is why she decided to pursue the Organization & Administration track of her program.

Personal Interests

Lydia loves to enjoy the outdoors, take long walks and runs, and spend time with her dogs.

 


Cuiyun Liu (Tracey)

Cuiyun (Tracey) Liu

Research & Evaluation Methods Ambassador

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Cuiyun Liu is an international student from China. She earned her Master’s degree in Education from Central South University in Changsha. She holds a Senior Secondary School Teacher qualification certificate and used to be an experienced teacher in China.

Why did you choose BC?

When she looked for graduate programs, she was eager to find one where she could learn something about evaluation and data analysis that can be used in teaching and education. After she looked through the course list, communicated with faculty, and talked with several students here, she chose BC without hesitation, because BC’s program matches her interests and is what she has been looking for.

Academic and/or Career Interests

She is interested in data analysis and evaluation in education, such as data analysis in teaching and students, assessment in classroom management, and evaluation of examination systems.

Personal Interests

In her free time, she likes to travel around the world, and she has been to many countries and areas. Additionally, she likes jogging and cooking. She’s curious about everything.

 


 Robert J. Van Pelt

Robert J. Van Pelt

International Higher Education Ambassador

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Robert is a second-year student in the master's in International Higher Education here at Boston College. He's originally from just north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has spent the last nine years in Greensboro, North Carolina where he completed his B.A. in Economics at Guilford College in 2015. Following his graduation, he was fortunate to serve as the Assistant Director of Global and Off-Campus Initiatives at Guilford where he continued to work up until this past August. 

Why did you choose BC?

He chose BC because the program that he's pursuing his master's degree in had the theoretical, practical, and research pieces that he was looking for to complement the practical experience that he had entering the program.

Academic and/or Career Interests

Education Abroad, International Student Scholar Services, Academic Advising & Support.

Personal Interests

Sports, Cooking, Traveling.


Paula Jurado

Paula Jurado

School Counseling Ambassador

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Paula Jurado immigrated from the Philippines to the United States early in her childhood and grew up in San Francisco, California. She completed her undergraduate studies at Connecticut College and graduated with the class of 2020. She majored in American Studies with a concentration in society and public policy, while also minoring in Human Development. After graduation, she worked at The Athenian School, a 6-12 independent school in California, as an Admissions Associate and Assistant Dorm Head.

Why did you choose BC?

Paula chose BC because of the School Counseling program's dedication towards social justice, intersectionality, and accessibility. She loved that she would have the opportunity to work hand in hand with the director of the practicum experience to assure a personalized pre-practicum and practicum placement that will meet her professional goals. Also, originally from California, she was drawn towards the adventure a new city, like Boston, had to offer her. 

Academic and/or Career Interests

Paula is interested in learning more effective methods of counseling that will support all students, but especially students of color, gain access to higher education. Additionally, she is hoping to further investigate the inequalities of education in the United States, relative to social capital, and access to economic, educational, and professional resources. 

Personal Interests

Musical theater, reading, and coffee!


Madison Morrow

Madison Morrow

Educational Leadership and Policy Ambassador

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Madison (Madi) Morrow is originally from Oklahoma and just moved to Boston to finish her grad school program and teach high school English. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and immediately jumped into her Master's of Education (Education Leadership and Policy) in the Fall of 2020.

Why did you choose BC?

Madi became interested in BC when she found out how closely the BC mission of education aligned with her own teaching values and personal philosophy of education. The Lynch School of Education believes in teaching the "whole person," which is something Madi strives to do in her own classroom with her students. She has a passion for social justice education and found the Lynch School programs included courses intentionally designed to strike at the inequities within the education system. The professors and faculty are also a wealth of knowledge and some of the best researchers, leaders, and practitioners in the education field.

Academic and/or Career Interests

Madi's primary focus as an educator is to work on creating more equitable structures in curriculum and instruction and family and community engagement practices in schools. She hopes to implement social justice and anti-racist curriculum in her classroom and beyond. Madi is starting her Principal practicum and internship this year, and she eventually hopes to become an educational leader and make broader change throughout an entire school/district.

Personal Interests

Madi is an outgoing, social person that loves to travel and connect with new people. In her free time, you can find her running, hiking, exploring, baking, hanging out with loved ones, and doting on her dog.


Jack Elliott-Higgins

Jack Elliott-Higgins

Secondary Education Ambassador

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Jack is from the north shore of Massachusetts and attended Washington University in St. Louis as a biomedical engineering and computer science student, graduating in 2019. He spent the last two years working in coffee shops, touring with his band, and working on a population genetics research project with a lab in St. Louis. 

Why did you choose BC?

Jack chose BC because of the emphasis on social justice, both within BC as a whole and within the Donovan program specifically. He believes that all education training must be firmly rooted in understanding and confronting systemic inequality to produce effective educators. 

Academic and/or Career Interests

Jack intends to enter Boston Public Schools in fall of 2022 as an anti-racist, abolitionist high school biology teacher. 

Personal Interests

Music, reading, running, and baseball. 


Uhjin Sim

Uhjin Sim

Learning Engineering Ambassador

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Uhjin is a master’s student in the Learning Engineering program. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and spent most of her life there including her undergraduate study in English education at Korea University. Having experienced multicultural and international environments, she understands and empathizes with different groups of people from a variety of backgrounds. She is bilingual in Korean and English and can speak Chinese with fluency.

Why did you choose BC?

Uhjin was drawn to the project-based and learner-centered emphasis of the learning engineering program as well as the reputation of BC Lynch School. She also thinks the BC campus is very beautiful!

Academic and/or Career Interests

Uhjin is interested in designing a promising and limitless learning environment for each and every learner, especially for the socially marginalized. She has a lot of teaching and volunteering experiences that have shaped her into who she is. She hopes to focus on developing programs or learning materials that can assist students to learn foreign languages and literature authentically and conveniently. 

Personal Interests

Uhjin is a bookworm who loves Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. She is also a highly social and outgoing person who likes to explore new cultures and languages. In her free time, she likes to have a cup of tea and binge-watch Criminal Minds on Netflix.


 Nicolas Ramirez

Nicolas Ramirez

Global Perspectives Ambassador

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Nico Ramirez is an Education Consultant based in Los Angeles, CA. As an Education Consultant, Nico works with families and schools to increase access to post-secondary education. Before starting as a Master's student at BC, Nico studied Anthropology at Colby College and took that experience to teach English and Culture classes across South and East Asia.

Why did you choose BC?

Nico decided to pursue an M. Ed. in Global Perspectives at BC. In his search for graduate degree programs, BC stood out for its commitment to social justice, inclusion, and equity from the very first moment he read about the programs. As someone who works actively to get students of all backgrounds into schools that embrace their talents and identities, Nico noticed right away that BC's work to make social justice a part of the culture extended all the way through the recruitment materials and process. As a student, he has been pleased to find that professors and staff all embody that passion for making social justice a palpable aspect of the student experience.

Academic and/or Career Interests

While Nico is attending BC remotely through online programs, there has been no lack of a sense of community for him--which is great because the community is at the heart of his academic and professional interests. Above all, Nico believes that education should prepare students to be whole and fulfilled persons who can navigate changing worlds confidently and creatively. To understand how to better help students become confident and capable actors with their education, Nico believes that education researchers should spend ample time studying culture, cultural contexts, and the subjective aspects of the learning experience to empower individuals. Luckily, he has found the space to explore the relationship between learning and cultural subjectivities here at BC!

Personal Interests

Nico's pastimes are most expressive. When he isn't hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains with his dog Toby, he might be playing violin or guitar with friends or painting quietly at home.


Analisa Fazio

Analisa Fazio

5th Year Ambassador

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Analisa Fazio is from Newton, Massachusetts, and attended Boston College for her undergraduate degree.

Why did you choose BC?

She became interested in BC because of the Jesuit values and education that drive the mission of the university and the academics. She has also been lucky enough to have grown up around the campus because her mother worked and got her master’s at BC, and her brother, cousin, and aunt also attended. She entered BC in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, unsure of what exactly she wanted to focus her studies on. By the end of freshman year, she found her way to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development and chose to double major in Applied Psychology & Human Development and Perspectives on Spanish America. She has a passion for learning and speaking Spanish that has been fueled by her Ecuadorian heritage. So she decided to spend her entire junior year abroad. The first semester in Madrid, Spain, and the second semester in Quito, Ecuador. While at BC she was involved in the International Assistant program, the Pulse program, and the LTL Dominican Republic Service and Immersion Trip. Throughout her years at BC she knew she wanted to be involved in education, She just was not sure in what position. Analisa applied to the 5th year program in the Lynch School during her junior year abroad for the Secondary Education track. Through different experiences she realized teaching was not for her, so she switched to the School Counseling program.

Academic and/or Career Interests

She realized her professional passion focused more on the individual students' needs, their family situations, learning differences, and personal exploration. As a School Counselor, she has the chance to work with students on the intersection of a number of aspects of their life.

Personal Interests

Analisa is an outgoing and social person that loves to travel and explore. She loves exploring new cultures, languages, and meeting new people, and learning about their stories.


Caroline Coburn

Caroline Coburn

Moderate Special Needs Ambassador

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Caroline was born and raised in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She attended Boston College undergrad as an Elementary Education and Applied Psychology/Human Development Major with a concentration in Special Education. She loved the atmosphere and support at BC and wanted to continue further!

Why did you choose BC?

She chose BC because of the culture and atmosphere she found here the moment she stepped onto campus. She immediately felt welcomed and seen the second she started her time here with the Lynch School of Education. 

Academic and/or Career Interests

Caroline’s main focus as an educator is to teach all children equally and to teach them as a whole person. She is on the moderate special needs track where she hopes to use that knowledge in her own inclusive classroom one day.

Personal Interests

Caroline is a part of a national organization, CHAARG, that stands for Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls. She also enjoys running. She has run 3 half marathons, countless 10k and 5k, and hopes to run the Boston Marathon soon.


Nicolas Rocha

Nicolas Rocha

Mental Health Counseling Ambassador

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Nick is a Michigander (from Kalamazoo, Michigan) who has completed an undergraduate degree in sociology at Aquinas College and a master’s degree in educational policy from Marquette University.  

Why did you choose BC?

Boston College infuses the world of mental health counseling with the traditions and values lived through Jesuit Catholicism.  Known as cura personalis, each person has their own distinct needs, wants, and perspectives about the world around them. People suffer from mental illness, but it should not define who they are and how they receive treatment. Boston College recognizes the need to view others as a whole person and to challenge stigmas associated with psychological labels. 

Academic and/or Career Interests

Prior to starting his graduate degree at Boston College, he worked as a psychiatric technician at a local hospital and served as an AmeriCorps member assisting first-generation high school students into college.  His academic interests revolve around the impact of trauma on cognitive and psychosocial development in youth and steps clinicians can take to impact life trajectories. His career aspiration is to become a pediatric psychologist and to conduct academic research. 

Personal Interests

Nick has seen every Marvel movie and is more than happy to talk to anyone about the multiverse!