Lilliam Martinez, Psy.D. Program
Doctoral Scholarship Recipient
After 15 years of teaching psychology at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut, Lilliam Martinez had made a career out of making a difference in the lives of thousands of students—but, she had forgotten about the one student who started her own journey 25 years ago.
“I fell in love with teaching, and I continue to love it, but I became so entrenched in my students and moving the college forward that I forgot that I had my own dreams,” Lilliam explained.
After joining a friend at an information session for the UI&U Doctor of Psychology Program, those dreams of her own journey once again emerged. Flexible, online learning and the program’s emphasis on social justice first attracted Lilliam to the program, and she enrolled the very next day.
“They had such great, creative thoughts about education—it was refreshing,” said Lilliam, reflecting on what she learned about Union’s Psy.D. program. “I remember thinking, ‘This is where I need to be.’”
Today, Lilliam has gained confidence, new information, and abilities that are coming together in real ways, with the result that there is palpable change within her classrooms at Capital. Her research and the support she receives from both the Psy.D. program’s faculty and her peers has already helped Lilliam share personal and professional lessons with her students.
“Overall, I’ve gained so much from Union. I’ve been able to see the difference in my teaching, and I’m able to better support my students in their endeavors and studies. I’ve developed a greater sense of how my students feel, and an appreciation of their ability to complete their work. Every day I walk into my classroom, I’m so humbled and so honored to be able to work with them.”
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