Our Students

Our Students

Northwestern University is located in the vibrant city of Evanston, a short commute from Chicago. Students live in Evanston and the Chicagoland area. Our location near more than 30 other colleges and universities allows students to access a wide variety of internships and full-time jobs. At Northwestern, you’ll find endless opportunities to enhance your college experience academically, culturally, and socially. And, of course, to have some fun.

Our students have diverse interests, backgrounds, skills and experiences that typically put them into one of four categories: career launcher, career changer, career advancer, or lifelong learner.

Career Launchers

Joanne Kang MS16

Joanne Kang (MS16)

Current Position: Administrative Fellow at Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

During her time as an undergraduate at Boston College, Joanne Kang was involved in various mentoring programs for first-generation and low-income students. In addition to these experiences, her leadership as an intern with Northwestern University’s Multicultural Student Affairs inspired her to pursue a career in higher education with a focus on multicultural student affairs and social justice. Joanne was awarded the competitive Campus Life Award for her contributions to Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Desi American student life at Northwestern. For her master’s project, Joanne focused on the influence of spirituality on social justice values. Joanne formerly worked as a Student Development Coordinator at Duke University’s Center for Multicultural Affairs.

Career Changers

Joe Lattal MS16Joe Lattal (MS16)

Current Position: Assistant Director of Student Organizations and Activities at Northwestern University

Seven years after completing his undergraduate degree, Joe Lattal decided to pursue a career in higher education. With regard to his decision to enroll at Northwestern, Joe explained, “I liked the instructors, I liked the students I met in the program, and I was really impressed by the [master’s project] poster presentations" at Preview Days. Before his career change, he wrote for Notre Dame’s daily student newspaper and university magazine, taught English abroad, and worked in the television advertising industry.

Joe is currently an Assistant Director in Northwestern University’s Student Organizations and Activities. He also worked in that office for his required graduate internship. Since graduating, Joe has given presentations at various national conferences on student employees’ learning outcomes—the topic of his Master’s Research Project.

Lorato Anderson MS16

Lorato Anderson (MS16)

Current Position: Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz

Throughout her time in the program, Lorato Anderson served as a graduate assistant in the MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy program office as well as an intern in Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Studies and the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. Lorato completed her Master’s Project on the distinctive learning needs of English Language Learners and Underprepared Native English Speakers. Post-graduation, Lorato aimed to return to her home state of California where she now works as an undergraduate advisor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Career Advancers

David Musser (MS09)

David Musser (MS09)

Current Position: Program Specialist at U.S. Department of Education

A graduate of Virginia Tech, David Musser studied English as an undergraduate student. David had been working in financial aid for several years when he decided to pursue a master's degree. David enjoyed working in financial aid but wanted to know more about the federal policies that impacted his work, and his master’s project focused on social and cultural influences of high-stakes testing in college admissions practices.

After graduating David was hired by the U.S. Department of Education to be an institutional review specialist where his job was to audit colleges and universities to verify compliance with the many regulatory requirements necessary for their students to receive federal financial aid funds. David was later promoted to the position of Program Specialist within the Department of Ed and is now based in Washington D.C.

Lifelong Learners

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MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy Program

1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 7300
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7526

Email: ms-highered@northwestern.edu