Get to Know Saint Rose is a weekly Q&A with a Saint Rose staff member to help our students learn more about the resources available to them while they’re here.
Meet Liz Espinoza from the Counseling Center!
Name: Liz Espinoza, LCSW-R
What she does: Assistant director of counseling services
Where she works: Counseling Center
How long she’s been at Saint Rose: 2 1/2 years
Her alma mater: University at Albany (undergraduate and graduate)
Fun fact: Espinoza loves doing origami and singing out loud at home or in the car to get pumped for the day. She also loves playing with her 6-month-old Catahoula Leopard puppy when she gets home from work!
Get to know Liz Espinoza:
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is having the honor and privilege to be a witness to the journey of students in individual sessions. I also value the prevention work that goes along with this role, where I can collaborate with other groups to provide information and resources and increase access to services for students, especially those who are first-generation, Latinx, POC, and LGBTQ+, who, statistically speaking, may be at greater risk of not receiving services from counseling services across the nation.
What’s something you want students to know about you?
I want students to know that I appreciate that this is a trying and ever-changing period in life, and that I want to support them as they navigate it. I believe that we all have internal strengths, and support is key in our lives. My goal is to support students to identify their strengths and enhance their support systems to better engage with life, school, and what is to come thereafter.
I will share that I am a 1.5-generation immigrant from Peru and have my own experience with navigating change, struggles, seeking support and nurturing my hope since I was a young person. I was raised to believe that there is always a way to solve challenges, and my family origin story is a constant reminder of that. I am also fully bilingual in Spanish.
If you could give students one piece of advice to carry them through their time here, what would it be?
Reach out for help and support. Success comes from knowing when and with whom to connect with to meet your goals. Also, meditate! This is brain muscle strength training that has been proven to change our brain and increase our ability to problem solve and navigate challenges in life.