M.Ed. Student Profile: Kehaulani Folau

kehaulaniName: Kehaulani Folau

Twitter: @whatnow_quehow

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Undergrad Institution & Major: University of Utah, Bachelor of Science in Ethnic Studies

Graduate Assistantship: International Student and Scholar Services

Favorite Food:Anything my Grandma makes

What do you love about Salt Lake? My family’s here

What are your dreams for your future? Whiteness dismantled

Cool things about Kehaulani:  As a first-generation American citizen, she enjoys learning about the policy and procedures of international students. When time permits, she loves going to the theaters by herself, enjoys a nap that usually turns into 2 hours of extra sleep, and spending time with her family.

Where would you go on a dream vacation if money/time did not enter into your thought process? Aotearoa

What is your favorite place to study/work? Somewhere quiet!

ELP Faculty Profile

Name: Dr. Amy Aldous Bergersonamy-bergerson

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Undergrad Institution & Major: Amherst College BA in Sociology

Graduate Institutions & Degrees: Stanford University, MA Educational Administration and Policy Analysis; University of Utah, PhD Educational Leadership & Policy

What are your research interests? College student success and persistence. I also look at access to college.

What do you wish your students knew about you? Working with students is my favorite part of my job.

What advice do you have for prospective ELP students? Look closely at our program to make sure it’s a match for you and your interests. Meet faculty before applying to know that there is someone here who can support your interests. Look at more than one place so you can make comparisons about what’s important to you.

What advice do you have for current ELP students? Learn to write well. Stay on top of your reading. Be prepared to engage in difficult conversations, and remember that growth only occurs when we are challenged. Find a faculty mentor early on. Respect that faculty have many facets to their work. Work hard, and have fun.

Favorite Food: I love food — it’s impossible to think of one favorite.

What do you love about Salt Lake City? The dry climate, four seasons, mountains, desert, and my family lives here.

What is something unique about you that you would like us to know? I collect wine. I don’t know if that’s unique, though…

Where would you go on a dream vacation if money/time did not enter into your thought process? Palau. For weeks.

Do you have any family, friends, or pets that are important to you here with you in Salt Lake? My whole family is here in SLC — parents, sister, partner, son, and two cats.

 

 

 

PhD Student Profile: Aaron Reynolds

Name: Aaron Reynoldsaaron-reynolds

Current Position: University of Utah Honors College Academic Advisor

Hometown: Aurora, UT

Undergrad Institution & Major: Brigham Young University, Political Science

Graduate Institution & Degree: Columbia University, Higher & Postsecondary Education

Favorite Food: Korean Dak Calbi

Why did you choose the ELP program at the U? I came to Salt Lake initially to be closer to family and for a position at the U. Shortly after coming back to Utah I decided that the ELP program is a good fit for my interests in higher education – I’m happy with my decision because the department is welcoming and has a lot of people doing great work.

What do you love about Salt Lake City? Mountains, cycling trails, sporting events, restaurants

What are your dreams for your future? At times I’m back and forth on this question. If you had asked me this question ten years ago I would have said to become a community college president, but recently my interests have been moving more in the direction of becoming a faculty member.

What is a skill you hope to develop? Strong quantitative skills & ethical leadership.

What is something unique about you that you would like us to know? I grew up in a town of 1,000 people in southern Utah but have also lived in cities of more than 10 million (New York & Seoul). Political conspiracy movies/TV shows are my favorite, i.e. Enemy of the State & House of Cards.

Where would you go on a dream vacation if money/time did not enter into your thought process? Southern England (Cornwall). I would spend time in a small fishing village called Porthleven then go north and spend time in Oxford/London. Taking time to cycle through the English countryside and eat fish & chips.

Do you have any family, friends, or pets that are important to you here with you in Salt Lake? My younger brother & sister also live in the Salt Lake area. I have two nephews (4, 2) who are also a lot of fun.

What is your favorite place to study/work? My office