Publication Date

Fall 12-10-2021

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


The purpose of this action research study aimed to identify how to better promote and support the transition as emerging professionals and elevate the professional development capacity of Sixth College Residence Life at the University of California, San Diego. The primary research question guiding these endeavors is: What role do I/our office play in the transition of student employees to emerging professionals? The secondary question is: How can I/our office collaborate to elevate professional development practices and capacity? Research participants took part through virtual interviews, virtual focus groups, and the completion of an online survey. The significance of my efforts was attaining insight into meeting the development needs of a population at a critical point in their development and actualization. Findings indicate, through collaboration that creating opportunities to connect, lead, engage in further training, and build capacity can better serve college student employees as emerging professionals.