Bronco Spotlight: Viloshinee Murugan
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Director, Saginaw Intermediate School District
Advisor to the Superintendent’s Office for the district’s programs, policies, curriculum, and professional staff development with a focus on equity, student well-being, academic achievement, and community outreach.
What activities, resources, or people helped you prepare for your career?
All my Professors in the Educational Leadership program have helped prepare me for my current leadership role. My advisor, Dr. Lasonja Roberts has helped me to expand my equity lens so that I am able to have a holistic view of all the districts in my county. She helped me prepare for my interview and plan my first 90 days in the position. She has been an ongoing source of best research practices, advice and support.
Which of your skills had the biggest impact on your success?
My relationship building skill has helped me develop partnerships with districts. Through these partnerships, I have been able to meet leaders where they are and I have been able to help them build a more equitable educational experience for their students, staff and community.
What experiences impacted the choice of your career path?
Both my parents were college Professors in the Educational field. I was a teacher for over 20 years before I decided to get my K-12 Principal Certification. Advocating for equity in education has been the focus of my entire career in Education. I spent most of my career in high priority, and economically disadvantaged schools where I worked to provide students with a high standard of education.
What advice do you have for others pursuing a career similar to yours?
My advice is to pursue your dream. I loved teaching and being able to give children glimpses into what their futures could be. I think that if you love children, love helping and making a difference, you should join the educational field.