What were you doing before coming to the University of Michigan?
I was working as Associate Dean at Santa Ana College; I was supervising six different program areas: EOPS, CARE, Cal WORKs, YESS (for emancipated foster youth), SAC Tutorial Learning Center, and Study Skills.
Why did you decide to elect your current program of study?
I am very interested in the Organizational Behavior of Postsecondary Institutions, especially as it helps foster strong student success, access and diversity.
What is something that intrigues you when thinking about higher education’s role in society?
I am intrigued by how higher education helps mold our society, and our moral obligation to help change and bridge the gaps in our communities.
What is your life like outside of the Forum?
I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two wonderful sons, Marco (age 12) and Michio (age 7), and a loving husband, Mark, who is also an alum of CSHPE.
Read more about Aurora in her bio.