EdD Alumni Profile: Denishia Clark

My dissertation explores the relationship between higher education experiences and career commitments and distinctively investigates how those experiences prepare and influence commitments to marginalized populations. This topic is important because higher education institutions adopting inclusive and safe practices internally are just as important off-campus and beyond.

Dissertation: Social Justice Inside-Out of Higher Ed: Career Commitments to Marginalized Populations

Associate Director, Stanford University, BioSci Careers

My dissertation explores the relationship between higher education experiences and career commitments and distinctively investigates how those experiences prepare and influence commitments to marginalized populations. This topic is important because higher education institutions adopting inclusive and safe practices internally are just as important off-campus and beyond.

I chose the EdD program at Saint Mary's because of its emphasis on social justice and transforming educational practices. In return, it deepens my understanding, empathy, and capacity to address inequities that confront underserved communities.

I love the cohort model and the diverse backgrounds of both my peers and the faculty. The cohort community contributes to a meaningful learning experience and a safe space for vulnerability. My cohort includes mid and senior-level professionals working in K-12, technology, law enforcement, higher education, and nonprofit organizations. I looked forward to every in-person session because of the energy exuded. These dynamics of the EdD at Saint Mary's sets it apart from other programs.