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SAVITRI DIXON-SAXON: Hello. My name is Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon, and I'm the associate dean for the School of Counseling and Social Service at Walden University. I've been at Walden since July 16, 2005. I came here from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
My background is in journalism and mass communications, student personnel services, and counselor education. I did my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Carolina. And I did my PhD in counselor education at North Carolina State University.
Going to work on my doctorate was a very personal experience for me. I had a lot of professional experiences that allowed me to focus on specific areas, specifically the leadership development of African-American women. And so I was able to parlay that interest throughout my doctoral program and focus on things that really impacted the leadership development of African-American women.
I've had awesome experiences with students. And I have to say that I'm rejuvenated professionally when I have an opportunity to interact with students and find out about their ideas and what they're experiencing in their communities and how they're going to take the education they're getting from Walden and applying it to solving community issues and professional environment issues. It really makes you feel that what you're doing matters and that it goes beyond just your individual agenda. And that's really important to me. And it really excites me every day to work in an environment where I can constantly learn-- not just from my colleagues, but learn so much from the students I work with.