Veronica Weaver is an East Texas native originally from Longview, TX. As a two-time graduate from SFA she has definitely found her passion in higher education and educating students about diversity. In 2009, she received her Bachelors of Science with a double major of Biology and Psychology from SFA. In 2011, she received her Masters of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from SFA as well. In 2014, she enrolled in the Doctoral Program for Higher Education Leadership at Texas A&M Commerce where she has an anticipated graduation date of December 2017. Veronica serves as the faculty advisor for multiple organizations and is a member of serving on various national and local organizations. In addition, Veronica has won several awards due to her work in event planning and student development.
Stephen F. Austin State University: Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology (2009)
Stephen F. Austin State University: Masters of Education with an emphasis in educational leadership (2011)
Advice to Students
- Take an interest in other cultures; get to know people who are different from you.
- Studying is not an option, it's a requirement. Always remember to ask for help when needed.
- Remember why you're here. What motivated you to attend SFA? Keep that with you to ignite you during your times you need a little encouragement.
- Have fun! Get involved in all SFA has to offer!
Dr. Griselda Flores is a South Florida Native and first-generation college student. She obtained her Bachelor's in Sociology and Women Studies, then she went on to pursue her Master's in Social Studies Education. She eventually pursued her PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida. Dr. Flores' passion for working with college students in the areas of diversity, campus involvement, mentorship, and college access and retention has a direct impact on her research interest and campus involvement. Dr. Flores has presented at various national conferences and published her research on Latino males' educational pursuits, the college choice process of first-generation Latina/o students, the educational pathways of males of color, and the influence of mentorship programs on the college retention of students of color. Dr. Flores serves on various campus and community committees, as well as serves as the faculty advisor of various student organizations.
University of Florida: Bachelors of Art in Sociology & Women Studies (2009)
University of Florida: Masters of Art in Social Studies Education (2010)
University of Florida: Ph.D in Higher Education Administration (2014)
Advice to students
- Surround yourself with people who dream bigger than you do.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help.
- The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to SUCCEED!
- Live with no regrets and take advantage of your college years by getting involved and stepping out of your comfort zone.
- Be open minded and embrace diversity!
Alicia was born in Berwyn, IL and raised in San Antonio, TX. After four years of attending Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Alicia transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University. In 2002 she graduated from SFA with a Bachelor's in English and minor in Creative writing. As undergraduate Alicia had two poems published in the SFA Myriad. After graduation, Alicia went to work for an area telecommunications company, but her heart remained in SFA. Five years after graduating, Alicia came back to work as the secretary of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at SFA. After a year of working with SFA students Alicia was inspired to go back to school in pursuit of her Master's Degree. Alicia earned her Master's Degree in English; emphasis in Non-Fiction Creative Writing.
As a Multicultural individual, Alicia brings a unique blend of the Hispanic Heritage and French Dutch Heritage to the OMA. Since beginning her work in the OMA Alicia has had the opportunity to be an advisor to the Organization of Latin Americans as well as a role model and confidant to the student that frequent the office.
She hopes her work with the OMA will help to break down the walls of prejudice and promote equality of all differences. If Alicia is not in office or on SFA campus you're more than likely to see her in the community participating in the American Cancer Society's Annual Relay for Life event, supporting the O'Malley the Alley Cat program, or reading her work at the Morning Glory Yoga Center's bi-monthly public readings.
Stephen F. Austin State University: Bachelor of Arts in English and Minor in Creative Writing
Stephen F. Austin State University: Master of Arts in English
Advice to Students
- Enjoy your time in the dorms; even if it stinks you'll make memories and friends that will last forever.
- Leave your prejudices in the past; go into each class with an open mind. You don't have to believe in everything you're taught, but you should always learn and respect it and the people who do believe.
- When you fall get up, brush yourself off and making a joke, at least, then when you're remembered you'll be remembered as the person who made everyone laugh after you fell and not as the one who just fell.
- There is nothing wrong with being unique, so just be you and not what you think everyone else wants you to be.
- Sometimes you just need to breath deeply, exhale and reboot.