A Look Ahead with New Graduate Tiffany Uddin
We caught up with Tiffany Uddin as she completed her Master of Public Affairs (MPA) (mid-career) degree in spring 2020. She is also working to complete her Human Services Leadership Certificate.
Describe your position and current duties.
I currently work for Ramsey County as a social services supervisor in the Children & Family Services department. I intend to continue my employment with Ramsey County while looking for ways to improve service delivery methods with county residents. In the near future, I intend to use the knowledge I’ve gained towards opportunities in program evaluation or organizational management.
Why did you choose to attend the Humphrey School at this stage of your career?
My interest in graduate studies started with ambitions to advance my career, leadership skills and expand my capacity to problem-solve adaptive challenges. I chose the Humphrey School’s MPA program because of its design to support, encourage and enable my success as a student, in addition to my full-time social services position, being a spouse and mother of three boys. Furthermore, as a biracial woman, Humphrey School’s emphasis on racial equity and justice was welcoming and inspiring.
What are your most important takeaways from your time at the Humphrey School?
I’m leaving Humphrey School with a stronger desire towards advancing the common good. My time here has created a deep respect for civic engagement and community collaboration. A couple of the insights I’m taking with me are the importance to “just start somewhere,” and to never lead alone.