Dr. Mijiza Sanchez (Stanford, CA)

Career: Associate Dean, Medical Student Affairs at Stanford School of Medicine

Steps towards becoming a Associate Dean: Earned a BS in Marketing/Business Administration from VUU (School of Business), a Masters in Public Administration (School of Management) from USF, and a Doctorate in International & Multicultural Education from USF (School of Education), however the biggest step in getting in this field was great mentorship and networking.

1- What is a quality that makes you successful in your career? High emotional intelligence. Listening, mentorship, and lifting as I climb.

2-What 3 tips would you give someone struggling to reach their goals? Know yourself. Be kind and patient with yourself, and help others.

3-Name the top 3 goals you achieved?

  1. Starting a mentorship program for first generation graduate and professional students
  2. Being the first in my family to earn a terminal degree
  3. Opening doors and supporting others to realize their dreams

4-What inspired you to reach your goals? My family, my desire to see the world, & my desire to leave this place better than I found it.

5-How did you overcome obstacles to reaching your goals? Self love, self-care & self compassion.

6-How do you keep your inspiration from decreasing? Spending time with my family and doing what makes me happy.