Alumni Testimonials

Angela Bass, Ed.D. '11, Vice President, Partners for Developing Futures
Angela Bass, Ed.D. '11

"Loyola Marymount University School of Education's Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice is the "Best Place to Learn, Best Place to Lead, and the Best Place to Be!" I experienced an extremely supportive learning environment where the professors were excellent and engaging. The curriculum focused on the right balance between providing a historical perspective and bringing cultural relevance to 21st century issues.

My cohort experience personified that it truly takes the collective genius of the village to make a difference in education. The things that I learned have helped to shape the work that I do and how I lead today. I remain connected with my cohort and to the program through LMU's strong alumni network and feel that LMU will always be my family for life."

- Angela Bass, Ed.D. '11, Vice President, Partners for Developing Futures

Candy Navarro, Ed.D. '16, Director of College Counseling and Advising, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Candy Navarro, Ed.D. '16

"As a first-generation Latina college graduate, initially, pursuing a doctorate attracted me given that my parents were only able to attend formal schooling to the second grade. Given the resources provided to me by this country, I knew I truly needed to maximize my privileges and achieve the highest educational level possible. Loyola Marymount University attracted me because of its Jesuit core value which focus on the pursuit for social justice.

The program lives this mission in all facets through the curriculum, class discussions, guest speakers and simple interactions with students as well as faculty. Not only did I gain strong leadership skills that will help me drive educational change, but I was also able to question my own biases and privileges. All in all, the program allowed me to become a more empowered leader of color who makes intellectual contributions to educational scholarship while advocating for social change."

- Candy Navarro, Ed.D. '16, Director of College Counseling and Advising, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

Ricardo Pedroarias, Ed.D. '11, Assistant Principal and Head Varsity Football Coach, Loyola High School
Ricardo Pedroarias, Ed.D. '11

"The Loyola Marymount University Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice is unique in that its primary focus is on scholarship, social justice and access. This program challenges candidates to grow as leaders by raising the scholarly approach to educational research and practice. It also offers courses that are focused on the theoretical approach to education for social justice and educational policy.

By challenging students to infuse their fields of study with social justice, LMU is improving the field of educational leadership nationwide by graduating leaders whose focus is infusing their research practices with the goal of creating change. One final aspect of the program is access. The importance of a quality education for all individuals is of great importance in our society."

- Ricardo Pedroarias, Ed.D. '11, Assistant Principal and Head Varsity Football Coach, Loyola High School