2016 Centennial Masters Degree Awardee

During the fall of 1987, the Graduate College and the Division of Campus Life established awards to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions of graduate students at the University of Arizona who have shown academic achievement despite facing challenging social, economic, or educational obstacles.

Christopher Joseph Rosales - Centennial Masters Degree Award RecipientChristopher Joseph Rosales

Christopher J. Rosales graduated as a first-generation college student and received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, finishing Magna Cum Laude in 2015.  He will be the first in his family to earn a master’s degree and is graduating May 2017 with a Master of Arts in Higher Education.  Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, he has called the Sonoran Desert home ever since he entered the University of Arizona as a freshman in 2011.  He began his graduate program immediately after earning his baccalaureate degree.

Chris is a Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Programs and coordinates academic success workshops and leadership development initiatives for students in Greek Life.  He volunteers as a Safe Zone Facilitator through LGBTQ+ Affairs and serves as alumni advisor for the Filipino-American Student Association at the UA, an association where he served as president during his undergraduate career.  In addition, Chris works as a graduate intern with Student Affairs Marketing to supplement his work with student engagement.  Along with his professional and volunteer experience, Chris teaches dance at a studio in Tucson, serves as artistic director of a local dance team, and dances with a company hip hop crew that competes in international competitions.

As a Filipino-American and Asian-identified student, Chris is going against the expected Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) fields route, following his passion of working in higher education.  Involvement in classes, activities, and employment led to his discovery of this field, where he quickly realized that working in student affairs is his calling.

Chris’ goal is to work with the marginalized students of a college or university. He hopes to provide students with community, develop academic programs, and offer opportunities for growth in leadership and professionalism. Chris is deeply committed to providing support and assuring equity in access and support services for underrepresented and underserved students.