Undergraduate and graduate students at NYU SPS enjoy many ways to become involved in student organizations that span interests and areas of study. The student leaders of the NYU SPS Student Council host the “How I Got Here” (HIGH) lunch series to engage members of the SPS community in an hour-long conversation moderated by an SPS student. The conversations are geared towards sharing the speaker’s personal and professional struggles, triumphs and everything in between - the journey that got them to where they are today. The series serves as a great way for NYU SPS students to hear from experts in diverse fields and provides an interactive forum for students to navigate their own career paths. As a way of maintaining continued learning and inspiration beyond the virtual sessions, each of the interviews are converted into episodes for the NYU SPS Replay Podcast.
To recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month, Dean Billie Gastic Rosado was featured as guest speaker, interviewed by DAUS senior, April Cardena. The hour-long interview highlighted Dean Gastic Rosado as an educator and leader who has dedicated her career to mission-driven work that acknowledges the power of education to advance individual choice and economic mobility . She described the path she took to focus on teaching, researching, and leading programs and institutions committed to educational access, equity and opportunity. Recounting “how she got here”, Dean Gastic Rosado revealed how her journey did not take a straight path and included times when she had to be honest about whether or not she was making the right choices: