Sammie Walker is a Mexican-American Student Affairs graduate student, currently studying at Slippery Rock University.


Hi, I’m Sammie, a second-year student at Slippery Rock University working on my Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education. I am currently a Graduate Assistant at the SRU Office for Inclusive Excellence and help advise the SRU chapter of the Student Veterans of America. My involvement at Slippery Rock includes serving as President of the Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA), member of the Student Government Association Social Justice Committee, and serving as a Department Ambassador.

Originally born and raised in McAllen, Texas, I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies, and a minor in Business Administration. My undergraduate experiences include working at the CMU Career and Professional Development Center, working with students as a Resident Assistant, being involved in Greek Life as a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and promoting college access and providing mentorship to high school students through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

My professional organization affiliations include NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education where I served as a Graduate Associate and serve as a Professional Development Committee Member for NASPA’s New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community. I am also a current member of ACPA – College Student Educators International, Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA), Pennsylvania Association of Colleges & Employers (PennACE), and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) – Pittsburgh Chapter.

This past summer I interned at the NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Central Office in Washington D.C., honing skills in professional association management and program development. I enjoy chatting about professional development topics, staying active, and connecting with other Student Affairs professionals.

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