Transfer Student Scholar Success
Kiedra Taylor is a first-year graduate student in the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University (SDSU) where she is studying English literature with an emphasis in children’s literature. As co-founder of the Transfer Student Outreach Alliance (TSOA) Student Organization, she helps to foster transfer student success through mentorship and service leadership. Her years of experience as a supplemental instruction (SI) tutor at San Diego City College and as a Rhetoric and Writing Fellow at SDSU prepared Kiedra for her work as a Graduate Teaching Associate in both the English and Rhetoric departments as a Master’s student at SDSU. An active member of the English Graduate Student Organization, Kiedra researches how marginal identities manifest in various literatures. She plans to go on to obtain a Ph.D. in English in hopes of becoming a community college and/or university professor who will help students to recognize themselves in various literatures and take what they learn back to their own communities.
Erika Meza (Southwestern College Alumna)
Graduate Student, M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
Erika Meza is first generation Mexican-American immigrant and the first in her family to go to college and to attend graduate school. Growing up in Mexico, she was heavily impacted by transgenerational patterns of domestic violence, sexual violence, and substance abuse in her family, which led her to pursue a career in counseling to help Latinx families and individuals who have endured similar experiences of trauma. As an undergrad, Erika majored in Psychology and minored in Counseling and Social Change and she graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. Furthermore, she served as the President for PsyMORE, the Vice President for the College of Education Student Council, Psi Chi, and Psi Beta, the Campus Representative for the Counseling and Social Change Club (CSCC), a Peer Mentor for PsyMORE, and a Peer Advisor for the minor in Counseling and Social Change. She was awarded Quest for the Best, a Vice Presidential Award at SDSU during her senior year, and she received the Most Inspirational Award at the Psychology Recognition Ceremony. As a graduate student, Erika now serves as the Secretary and Campus Representative for the Marriage and Family Therapy Association, and she continues her involvement as a Peer Mentor and a Peer Advisor, as well as a Graduate Liaison for the CSCC. She has been volunteering with Generate Hope, a non-profit organization that aims to empower sex trafficking survivors, for over a year now, and she has also volunteered with Volunteers of America co-facilitating a women’s support group who are overcoming substance abuse. She currently works as a Research Assistant examining previously incarnated populations, and she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Education upon completing her master’s degree and becoming a licensed therapist.