What Our Alumni Say

Brandon CashSAHE was truly a transformative experience. Both personally and professionally, I grew in understanding, character, confidence, and overall ability to serve collegiate students and the world we all inhabit. My time in SAHE certainly was not always smooth with challenging course work, a high-touch assistantship, and an intensive exploration of the self, however, I know that the time and energy that my faculty, my cohort, and my students invested in me, accompanied with my desire for personal growth, have resulted in me being a more prepared, cognizant, and active educator in the field of student affairs. From serving the students of Ellingson and Collins halls, to co-instructing a course I helped create, to presenting at regional, national, and international conferences, SAHE afforded me incredible experience that I will never forget. The greatest take-aways from my Miami SAHE experience, however, are not the research projects or skills developed working in Residence Life. They are the relationships with dear friends I have been fortunate to foster, as well as the passion to be a life-long learner that will continue to fuel my desire to inspire integrity in my students and serve the world around me.

Brandon Cash
-Residential College Director
Washington University in St. Louis

Ruby MurilloBeing a part of the SAHE program at Miami challenged me in ways that I never knew were possible. The professors in the program invested in me as a student and as a professional. Not only was I able to learn about and critique the various developmental theories that are currently being talked about across the nation, but I was also able to conduct research and apply some of the knowledge that I was getting in the classroom to the research I was conducting. In addition to the academic guidance, I received a lot of support from the professors which led to self-empowerment and a stronger sense of my identity as a Latina in higher education. I can truly say that I came out as a better, stronger, more confident person and professional thanks to the support of the faculty and the friends that I made along the way.

Ruby Murillo
-Academic Advisor TRIO Student Support Services and Travelers EDGE
Inver Hills Community College (SAHE M.S. Class of 2015)

Dr. Z NicolazzoMy time as a member of the SAHE Ph.D. program was nothing short of excellent. I was pushed intellectually, supported in my educational pursuits, and encouraged to find ways to align my values with my current and future practice as a critical educator. The SAHE program also set me up well to be a tenure-track faculty member, which has eased my transition to my new role. I would highly recommend this program to anyone seeking an intellectually rigorous and educationally supportive environment that prepares you for whatever future path you may choose.

Dr. Z. Nicolazzo
-Assistant Professor, Trans* Studies in Education Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona (SAHE Ph.D. Class of 2015)

Ronnie BenionMy time in SAHE helped me to develop into the professional I am today. It challenged me to think in new ways and focus on my role as not only a supervisor and educator but as a potential mentor to my students. SAHE taught me what it means to show up for my students and to be present in their challenges and successes. It taught me the value of self-care because the program made me dig up memories and experiences that I had buried to heal from them. These things have helped me in my current role as a Residence Director at Ithaca College. I show up for my students. I see my students as unique individuals with differing definitions of success. I am a small piece of their journey, but my goal is to have our time together be impactful. SAHE helped me discover the type of educator I want to be. Now that I am an alum, I am putting my best foot forward to try and be that person every single day.

Ronnie Benion
-Residence Director
Ithaca College

Tanadjza Robinson-McCrayMy graduate career in the SAHE program at Miami University was life-changing.  My classroom and practical experiences and my interactions with faculty members, helped groom me into the person and professional that I am today.  The SAHE program empowered me to find my voice and to use my personal values to follow my passion of being a social justice educator and advocate. If it weren't for the academic challenges and tremendous support from faculty members, I wouldn't have grown intellectually or personally. My journey in the SAHE program is unforgettable and I am forever grateful for the experience.

Tanadjza Robinson-McCray
-Student Development Specialist/Coordinator of Career Development in the Educational Opportunity Fund
Ramapo College of New Jersey (SAHE M.S. Class of 2014)


Buffy Stoll Turton I worked in student affairs for seven years post-masters before making the decision to pursue my doctorate degree. I wanted to be sure I was taking that big step for the right reasons. For me, those reasons included becoming a better educator, engaging more deeply with literature and scholarship on student development and marginalized student populations, and contributing to existing scholarship in these areas with my own research. I spent six years on my SAHE doctoral journey while continuing to work full time, and balancing family life (I got married and became a step-mom in the midst of my studies) as well as school and work. Each aspect of SAHE - faculty, classmates, and program expectations - encouraged me to pursue learning and intellectual growth in ways that involved my whole self, and integrated my academic life with my professional and personal contexts. The work was rigorous yet stimulating and exceptionally relevant, and faculty provided crucial support, challenge, opportunity, and encouragement along the way. I finished coursework with a draft of my dissertation proposal, received valuable feedback from multiple faculty perspectives, and continued learning throughout the process of dissertation-writing. The SAHE program never felt like jumping through hoops to fulfill senseless requirements; on the contrary, the experience facilitated my personal, professional and scholarly growth in very meaningful ways.

Buffy Stoll Turton
-Director of New Student Programs
Miami University (Ph.D. Class of 2015)