Doctoral Student Spotlights

Jennifer Siaca

Educational Leadership

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
my interest in education research is in out-of-school time learning and school-community partnerships, and these areas of study are embraced by Steinhardt's faculty. I didn't feel that my interest area was well-respected or could be supported in other programs. At Steinhardt, the faculty see the value of my interest area and have worked with me to access resources and information on these topics.
A hobby I have is:
Running, as it helps me to re-charge after a long week of work and classes.
Most important issue or challenge that my profession will face in the coming decade is:
Maintaining all of the progress the out-of-school time field has made over the last ten years to build national, statewide, and local systems, despite significant budget cuts
Kind of professional setting that most interests me when I graduate:
I am interested in working for a research center focusing on expanded learning opportunities, out-of-school time, and community partnerships in schools. I'm indifferent to whether this happens in a university or a private research institution.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Have successfully completed my doctoral studies and use what I learned to stregthen the education and youth development fields.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Queens, NY
Career Goals:
I hope to inform the out-of-school time field by using research for decision-making, program planning, and policy development.
Other professional or service activities:
I write a blog on youth-related issues for the New York Non-Profit Press and I am a volunteer for Nassau County 4-H youth development programs.