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Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA)
The Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA) is a registered student organization exclusive to GVSU graduate students pursuing a Master's in Education.
SAGA strives to empower graduate students to contribute to the enrichment of their education and program through active scholarship, community building, and professional networking, and to uphold the mission and values of GVSU and the College of Education in all its functions and programming.
Some of the opportunities open to members of SAGA include social events, professional development opportunities, CSAL orientation events, and community outreach opportunities in the greater Grand Rapids and Grand Valley communities.
In addition to these internal opportunities, SAGA--through the Graduate Student Association (GSA)--provides its members with financial assistance when attending conferences having to do with higher education to students in the CSAL program. Guidelines for funding are determined by SAGA and the Graduate Student Association (GSA).
2020-2021 SAGA E-Board Members
Jessica is from Grandville, Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. Involvement in the Campus Activities Board and the Office of Student Life during her undergraduate career, as well as an interest in student affairs, led her to pursue a Master’s program in Higher Education. As a Laker for a Lifetime, she selected the CSAL program at GVSU. Currently, Jessica is working as a graduate assistant Success Coach in the Student Academic Success Center. Her favorite part of being a Success Coach is helping students learn how to be successful at GVSU. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and exploring new places in West Michigan and beyond.
Executive Vice President
Shelby is a second-year College Student Affairs Leadership graduate student from Eastpointe, Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree in 2020 from Oakland University in Communication with a minor in Human Resource Development. While at Oakland, Shelby held many positions in offices such as Undergraduate Admissions, First Year Advising, Orientation, Athletics, and was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority. Through these experiences, she discovered her passion for working in higher education. Currently, Shelby serves as a Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life in the Office of Student Life at GVSU. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends/family, and frequent trips to Target.
Vice President of Finance
Mary received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2018. While at Eastern, she was very active on campus through undergraduate research as well as participation in Orientation and The Honors College. Mary also served in many positions in the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau and Psi Chi. Upon graduation, she began working for Jimmy John’s doing marketing and sales in stores across the country. Mary began the College Student Affairs Leadership program in 2020 and is currently a Graduate Assistant for Programming in the Office of Student Life. In her free time, Mary loves to read, spend time with friends, and travel.
Vice President of Programming
Katie is a very interesting, smart, and humble human girl. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Women's Studies and Film. In the years following graduation, Katie worked various jobs across Chicago, Illinois and Melbourne, Australia. Whether it is scooping ice cream, taking care of racehorses, creating delicious lattes, or selling lawn gnomes, there is nary a job that Katie has not tried. After her her year of being "Young, Wild, & Free" (Dogg, Khalifa, & Mars, 2011), Katie moved back to her home state to join the CSAL program at Grand Valley. She is passionate about international education and holds a Graduate Assistant position in the Padnos International Center where she works with faculty-led study abroad programs. In her free time, Katie enjoys hiking, painting, and playing with her cat, Truffle.
SAGA Faculty Adviser
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Counseling
B.A., Saginaw Valley State University; M.Ed., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
Dr. Blockett joined the CSAL faculty in August 2018. He earned a B.A. in Sociology from Saginaw Valley State University, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (emphasis in Student Affairs) from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. His scholarly interests center on the sociocultural experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer collegians of color, doctoral students’ socialization, and social justice practice and pedagogies across educational contexts. Dr. Blockett’s current research agenda mobilizes intersectionality and queer of color critique to understand the worldmaking practices employed by Black queer graduate and undergraduate men at predominantly White and (hetero)cisnormative institutions in the Midwest. He is a proud native of Detroit, Michigan, where he first learned the value of family, community, and education. Prior to joining the GVSU faculty, Dr. Blockett worked as a visiting assistant professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He has worked professionally in higher education and student affairs at Rutgers University as a residence life coordinator and as an instructor to first-year women students at Douglass Residential College.