Tell me about yourself? (Where are you from? What kind of things you enjoy doing? i.e. sports, dance, music, food, art, movies, reading etc. Share your extracurricular involvement as an undergrad/grad student clubs, programs, community involvement?)

Asked by Jeff Musk

Portia Saulabiu

Retention Coordinator & Advisor, Office for Equity and Diversity, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 13 2018
hi my name is versus our view I am originally from Chicago Illinois have now been here in Utah or about three years but I was here previously in graduate school for two years things about me so I love to bake dance and eat hi my name is purchase our view and I am originally from Chicago in the lines I am of black and Latino descent my father is Porter Rican and Dominican and my mother is an American so I kind of grew up in two different worlds throughout my use until now on things that I like to do I like to bank I'm a very good banker like to bake cookies brownies and I'll stick to dance my favorite type of dance is but Tucker I also like to eat and so I think being here in Salt Lake has been really nice because there are different types of food that you can eat but my favorite type of cuisine is part I rose commander less to be specific and so when I ET completed my undergraduate degree I was involved in a lot of different activities in groups I remember my first involvement throughout my college experience was being a friend as a tenant in the residence halls so kind of having a background in residence life in gaining more experience to that job then landed me to be in our air resident assistant and then after I was a resident assistant that brought me to other circles where I got involved in other clubs and organizations on campus so I went from programming experience and our campus activities board to them becoming the president of that organization by my senior year in college and in a residence life by kind of moved up through different positions becoming the senior are a my senior year and supervising color rise in curry R. A.'s that were on staff and that kind of led me into my passions for my career path and then I also was involved in court cultural soon organizations so I was the vice president my freshman year of college the blacks you didn't have any idea what I was doing and how I got into that position and then my second year I became the president of the organization and then I was also involved in our office for student involvement and so I was a student worker there working at our desk and coordinating events and helping out and then that also brought me to our campus activities board where I was able to go to conferences and kind of work on my leader development through that experience and then I also was involved as a peer advisor see doing academic advising as an undergraduate student to students that were younger than me and that was an initiative that started my sophomore year in my second year in college and so through those experiences that kind of led me to you know figure out like what I wanted to do in my future I also had the opportunity to kind of learn about other places through learning abroad experiences and really becoming actively engaging communities where I come from and so that really helped in shape to me into the activist I say that I am today on the advocate for communities and really helping me kind of figure out my life and what I wanted to deal then that also led me to my graduate experience and so in graduate school a lot of it was just working and being involved in professional organizations so I was involved and ask the which is the organization for higher education professionals and then also a CPA which is also very similar to Nazca on their kind of sister organizations I'm so getting involved in knowledge communities presenting at conferences on a really finding how you know what my passion area was within this field of higher education

What is your educational background and career trajectory and how did you end up there?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Portia Saulabiu

Retention Coordinator & Advisor, Office for Equity and Diversity, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 13 2018
what is your educational background and career trajectory and how did you end up there so I would say that my educational background started but even I think about you before college so crying out then being raised by my grandmother who adopted my younger sister and I always just enforced instilled in us that education was something that people cannot take away from you know and so that was you know diving into books and reading about different topics and areas that interested me as you as the years and then I think then that gave me the no the passions run high school to kind of figure out you know I knew I wanted to go to college but being a first generation students the first person in my family to go to college I didn't have the resources to access higher education and so I just remember my senior year of high school thinking crying almost every day of my guidance counselors offices up in in trying to figure out how I was going to go to college I really wanted to get out of the state of Illinois but then when I looked at the finances of how I would spend my education and how much it costs to be an out of state student I realize that that wasn't going to be something that was a reality for me it so I ended up finding the many can university which is a private liberal arts institution Catholic institution in the heart of Chicago and only thirty minutes away for work from where I live and that was home to me in my undergraduate experience you know again like just figuring out how who I was is an individual what I wanted to study I remember my first year and a half I was an undeclared major in college any that really stressed me out a lot but then I also had some calmness and that as well not being like not knowing exactly what I wanted to do you I finally started my major double major as Spanish major and then also doing international relations and diplomacy so that was a the interdisciplinary major so it was a lot of the histories political science and then you were apart language on which I was already doing and so through that experience and going through that time I was invited to participate in the honors program and I did not have a good time in the honors program because I was one of the only students of color in the program I felt like a lot of the material was over my head but I think a lot of that was just a lot of internalization of the experiences and things that people said to me that made me feel like I wasn't you know smart enough to be in in those spaces act and when I think about it now I actually was but again I felt like that wasn't something that I had to do in order to feel successful in college and so by the time I got to my senior year when I was working on my thesis I decided to drop the honors program and that was a hard decision to make but then I also thought about like mine mental sanity and well being and was is really what I wanted to do and also in my senior year I have some challenges I was super involves people around the institution knew me but then again like that those being involved in activities and clubs and organizations really took a toll on me after a while because the school so small three thousand students in total and so you were really like this student leader for everything I'm always shoulder tapped which is good but at the same time I don't think my focus was a strong place on my academics as it as it could have been at times and so I end up changing my major the week before graduation so I ended up being a political science major with international affairs emphasis and also being a double major in Spanish and a minor in criminology so still ended up doing well but again it came down to did I want to complete my degree and honors program or not as I was in my senior year I knew I was a political science major didn't really know what to do with that I didn't really go to career services probably as much as I should have but through my scene of all then I found a niche of passion for higher education and so in my senior year in my junior I had gone to a conference for professionals in higher education all the Oshkosh placement exchange and I what was our department of residence life to interview professional over looking for full time positions at my institution and after doing those interviews undergraduate student I was thinking to myself that I could go into higher education in the professional residence life and so that is exactly what I did my senior year of college I decided to go to this place in exchange I wasn't sure if I was going to go to graduate school right away I knew that I did want to get a masters degree but I didn't know if that was the right moment for me to do it going straight from my undergrad into a master's program and so I went to this conference with the mindset that I was going to apply to schools for jobs first and foremost that provided me an opportunity to have a master's degree pay for what felt like I was ready and then also applying to graduate assistantships as well so I did a a combination of the two and that's how I landed at the university of Utah doing an interview with them coming out decently city to do the on campus interview I fell in love with the environment the atmosphere at the possibilities of having a greater feature for myself being a first generation college student wasn't easy and so you know it's you mean the next step of my education was something that I felt was not only for myself but it was a step in the right direction for my family as well to role model to my younger cousins my nieces and nephews are my younger sister the education was important but not always something that was easy to do and so being at the university of Utah I worked in residence life and then that kind of all set me into knowing that my passion area to work and for my career was going to be higher education so I worked professionally after that so I would say that my educational experience is a combination of the universities taught in north central university which is an online institution or I you know worked between the two in working in pursuing you know I higher education free and once at work to residents live for a little bit of professionally after the university of Utah I decided that a lot of the work that I was doing at my alma mater Dominican university was good work but I was still missing some pieces of something inside of me and I was doing more diversity and inclusion work within the area of residence life and so I knew that there was a shift that you know presence like was wearing me down a little bit and so wanting to find another area was in higher education work it's still support advocate for students was important to me and so that's when I applied to the university of Utah and the centre graphics and receive the job as a retention coordinator which is why I do now so I know that higher education is something that I will continue to work with then because that work will always be needed that service will always be needed but I see myself moving out so becoming a director of a multi cultural center or a black identified space and then becoming a chief diversity officer at an institution so I know that in my future I will continue my education to pursue PhD I'm figured out what that is going to be in yeah and so I think I'm just taking my time to work in the profession and you know give the service to students that I really care about and then work my way through these different experiences to get to where I want to go

What are your passions? And what informs that?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Portia Saulabiu

Retention Coordinator & Advisor, Office for Equity and Diversity, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 13 2018
what are your passion and wasn't forms that so I would say that my passion is to Sir first generation college students I myself was a first generation college student and it was through the support the love in the care of mine you know mentor is my sim towards that really gave back to me and showed me the way on being successful but also being okay with making mistakes and being uncomfortable in my experiences and so that's something that I try to instill in my work as a server students in higher education and again I say server because I feel that it's my responsibility I'm not in higher education and to you know house on all this knowledge is students I think students really it's still a lot of information and knowledge in me and I think that that reciprocity of information and knowledge sharing is critical especially in communities of color and so I would say that I'm an advocate for communities of color communities that you know a line exactly with identity is and communities I mean are you know be as aware of and so I say that I'm an advocate for social justice be and I really mean not I don't just say those words I I you demonstrate that my actions and I think that in my role here at the university of Utah I've made that clear with you know my colleagues with the students that I work with I think that I am very much so student centered and all the work that I do and students are what give me the motivation to do what I do in this work in this field and if I wasn't here to serve students and I don't I don't think my work has any meaning or a lot of purpose in so that and so as I like move through these different experiences I reflect back on like where I've been and where I'm going I think that social justice and inclusion has always been at the heart of everything that I choose to do and being authentic and not as well I think that that has been a really important for me to be authentic with myself in order to be authentic with other people and I would just say like being in relation and being in community with people on fighting for a better life fighting for you know seeing this all the isms that exists in this world to divide us are critical to have an understanding of how does all that started and what still remains to be and how we can come together as communities to fight against fight against the things that are created the systems that are created to divide us and I mean I think just making trying to make an impact another people through the work that I do is also something that I see is you know important critical crucial and impactful soon my learning my continued learning and experiences with other people

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