About Us

Welcome to SAA@MSU, a quarterly newsletter from the Student Affairs Administration master’s program at Michigan State University. The intent of this newsletter (and complementary online component) is to keep alumni and partners connected to the SAA program with highlights of stories, events and more. Our plan is to feature various articles and information that will help establish and continue conversations pertaining to the past, present and future of teacher education. We envision that this newsletter and other resources provided here might serve as a powerful tool in research, policy and teaching/learning contexts.

SAA@MSU Editorial Team

In October 2016, SAA@MSU was launched with a vision from Student Affairs Administration Coordinator Christa J. Porter. The newsletter will continue with quarterly publications—two directed at alumni and two directed at partners. Additional support for SAA@MSU comes from graduate assistant Stephanie Aguilar-Smith.

Christa PorterChrista J. Porter is a fixed-term assistant professor in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) and is coordinator of the Student Affairs Administration master’s program at Michigan State University. Porter has worked administratively in various student affairs functional areas at multiple institutional types. Her research interests consist of the socialization processes, achievement and identity development of Blacks throughout the P-16 educational pipeline, with a particular focus on Black undergraduate women. Porter received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services with a concentration in College Student Affairs Administration and an Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Studies Certificate from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor’s degree in Social Relations from James Madison College of Public Affairs from Michigan State University.



Graduate Assistant

Stephanie Aguilar-Smith