Welcome to the #DragonFamily Dr. Yamaya Sosa Machado

Meet Dr. Yamaya Sosa Machado, MSUM’s new Director of Graduate Studies. She is here to oversee the graduate programs and ensure that everything with them runs smoothly.

Q: What drew you to MSUM?
A: I like that MSUM is very student centered since students are the most important thing here. I appreciate that it’s focused on transforming lives of individuals which will have an impact on the world. I love that.

Q: What is your favorite part about MSUM?
A: In the short time that I have been here, I have noticed that MSUM celebrates differences and I value that. Also, as a newcomer I have felt very welcome; I appreciate how everyone is so willing to help. Anytime I’ve had a question, everyone has been very kind and willing to guide me in the right direction.

Q: What unique experience or skill from your past job do you bring to MSUM?
A: I have experience with higher education, teaching, admissions, and facilitation. I am also bringing in a little bit of consulting experience. Along with that I have some experience with foreign policy. I am hoping all of those proficiencies help contribute to the big picture in this role.

Q: What is the most interesting thing you are working on right now?
A: We are working on a series of virtual events, which allows us to reach people from all over – so that is exciting! These events allow us to provide additional support to applicants that need it.

Q: What is something you are learning right now and why is it important?
A: I like to say that I am always learning, and I am never going to stop learning. I am learning about the university culture and the MSUM work environment, a crucial part of my position. Everything I am currently doing involves some learning!

Welcome to the #DragonFamily, Maya!

Learn more about graduate programs at MSUM: https://www.mnstate.edu/admissions/graduate/

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