Research Assistant, UConn Neag School of Education
Sasha Davis is a recent graduate of the MPA’s class of 2016 and earned a Certificate in Leadership and Public Management. Sasha is currently in her first year of her Doctoral program at UConn’s Neag School of Education where she seeks to earn a Ph.D in Education Policy. Sasha received a Research Assistantship in which she will work on parent engagement and district improvement plan research for schools in the state of Connecticut.
Before coming to the MPA program, Sasha had a very non-traditional path through her undergraduate studies. She went to college straight out of high school but would take breaks in between the twelve years it took her to complete her degree. Sasha spent time in Public Allies CT, where she completed a 10-month term of service at a local nonprofit organization and working on various community engagement activities across the state. She completed her Associates Degree at Capital Community College and then went to work as the Community Organizer for a statewide nonprofit, CT Parent Power and was Co-chair of Hartford High School Nursing Academy’s School Governance Council. Sasha spent almost two years there helping to pass legislation around various education and healthcare bills. It was in that time she discovered her desire to complete school. Sasha completed her Bachelor’s at Bay Path College in Leadership and Organizational Studies, where she graduated magna cum laude. In her spare time, Sasha likes to spend time with her daughter; watching movies, reading, traveling, cooking or baking, and watching sports. Sasha enjoys recreational swimming as well as weight training in the gym. She loves sports and her favorite teams are; The UConn Huskies, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, and she likes to follow other teams in the NBA, NFL, and MLB.
Sasha was attracted to UConn’s MPA program because she has worked around the state of Connecticut for various political issues and found there was very little connection, most times, to policy makers and those affected. The University of Connecticut has always been her dream school; she also has always wanted to be Husky! She loves the school’s commitment to the community and to their students. UConn works hard to always connect their current students with their very prestigious alumni network.
Sasha aspires to be an Education Policy Researcher and Professor, at a leading research institution. She wants to be instrumental in the helping to create change our education system by helping to create policy that will create more adequate and equitable schools in our nation. Sasha’s advice to potential students is simply, never doubt that you don’t have time to change the world. It doesn’t matter if you went to college right after high school or 10 years later, as long as you have the passion and the purpose you can do anything. If you are pursuing an MPA, get to know your cohort, do problem sets in groups, and always network.