How is God forming and transforming individuals through higher education, and what is our role in this work as educators? The MAHE program tackles these types of questions with both academic discipline and Christ-like compassion—creating educators who are deeply invested in the holistic development of students. I am grateful to be part of a program that allows me to personally experience this transformation while also preparing me to influence future students to become change-agents in communities local and abroad.
Before arriving at Taylor, I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011 with a BS in Nursing and Addictions Counseling; during this time I was personally enriched by leadership opportunities in residence life and the John Wesley Honors College. Following graduation, I worked in mental health nursing prior to moving to Christchurch, New Zealand, to assist in planting a church with my husband. During my time overseas, I returned to the university setting and was responsible for managing advocacy and welfare services at the University of Canterbury Students’ Association. This experience led me to apply to the MAHE program in order to deepen my understanding of meaningful student development.
I am excited for this new season to be shaped both by the information that I am learning and the opportunities to practice these theories in my assistantship. The next two years will be a unique opportunity to learn from dedicated faculty and students, and in return, to serve those professors and peers in my role as a MAHE graduate assistant. I look forward to contributing to this intentional, life-giving and inspiring community of learners.
To hear more about Emilie's experience in the MAHE program or for more information about the program, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.