As an alumnus of the SUNY Buffalo State HESAA program, you are part of a network of approximately 1,800 individuals who are making a difference around the world in the field of higher education. We hope you will stay connected to us by attending events, being mentors to current students, and spreading the word about your experience in the program.
This month’s Alumni Spotlight is Michelle Curtis-Bailey. Read below to learn about what Michelle’s been up to since graduating from SPA in 2008 !!!
Michelle Curtis-Bailey is the Director of the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) at Nassau Community College. As a program director, Michelle oversees and manages project administration, project finance, and LPP campus/school personnel. LPP serves scholars within 4 school districts in Nassau County, Long Island. Their services range from college/career readiness, workforce development, academic development, social/emotional support and more.
The most memorable moments from her time in SPA would be the conferences such as CSPA, NASPA, and ACPA. Attending these conferences opened her eyes to the bigger picture of what she was leaning towards as a rising higher education professional. For Michelle, it was not so much as the promise of networking or ‘job’ placement. It was the practical insight needed to be the bridge between what she was learning in her classes to the impact she can have in this area of industry. Those conferences planted the seed into what evolved into a bigger goal to not just serve students at her respective campus, but to be that person who can show others the same bridge to their professional career.
Outside of her professional assignment, Michelle is the founder/strategist for Education on Purpose, a college planning, and career strategy agency. That allows her passion and purpose to collide to do work that equips others to be intentional with their educational and career trajectory. She also serves on the RAD Scholarship Board, is active in her church community in Brooklyn, NY, and mentors newer/transitioning professionals. In addition, Michelle just joined Toastmasters and is currently working on new workshops for upcoming regional and national conferences. Regardless of all that she does, Michelle Curtis-Bailey is HUGE on self-care and making sure that her capacity and wellness is a priority so she can best show up for others.
* If you have any questions or if you would like to connect with Michelle feel free to email her at email@example.com *
“Through the HESAA program I was able to learn and grow into a competent, confident professional. The skills and connections I made have been invaluable in my career and form the basis for how I work with students.” - Daniel Islam Class of 2016
“I’m really glad I chose the program and the non-cohort style allowed me a flexibility and diversity of learning that I appreciate so much. Like anything else, grad school is really what you make of it, but I was able to gain experiences that I think really elevated my options when job searching and helped me to stand out in applicant pools.” Julia Strada Class of 2018
“My ability to work a graduate assistantship, as well as, multiple internships and an Independent Study helped me not only learn the field but meet so many amazing colleagues and friends. The program gave me the confidence to not sit back but to push forward with my professional development and to never let anything or anyone hold me back!” Laura Dulski Class of 2011
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