Elaine Lê

Elaine LeM.S. Higher Education Counseling & Student Affairs, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

B.A. Sociology, Concentration in Social Interaction and Minor in Psychology, San José State University

Lê, E. N.Y. & Ramrakhiani, S. H. (2021). Know family, know self: Exploring the influence of family on Vietnamese American college students’ experiences. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity. https://doi.org/10.15763/issn.2642-2387.2021.7.1.83-116

What's your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part is making education more equitable, supporting students to achieve their self-identified goals. I’m here to help you understand information, define your purpose, connect to resources, and create sound strategies for your education and beyond. If I can help you see things in a new way, then I’ve met my KPI for the day. 

What advice do you have for SJSU Spartan Undergraduates?

Learn how to ask good questions and ask many, early and often. A great way to start is by asking “I’m curious to learn more about x. Do you have any advice or suggestions for me?” Even if you feel shy or nervous at first, remember that 1) You are worth it and 2) As human beings we are naturally social creatures who survive through interacting with each other. There is so much knowledge to be found and connection to be shared, so acquire as much insight as you can and take advantage of your responsibility to learn as a student.

What's the best class you've ever taken?

I loved every Sociology, Microsociology, and Social Psychology course I took at SJSU. I also enjoyed my Counseling courses at Cal Poly, SLO. I have all of my wonderful instructors and professors to thank.