I'm a Changemaker - Ixzel Lagos
Baton Rouge - Ixzel Lagos, recent Master of Science in Human Resource Development degree recipient, was selected for this month’s student highlight article of “I’m a Changemaker.” She reflects on her experiences and shares her appreciation for her time as a student in the Leadership and Human Resource Development (LHRD) program.
After hearing about the excellent education, top ranking programs, distinguished alumni, and friendly, diverse community that LSU had to offer, Ixzel researched the LHRD program and decided to attend LSU for her graduate studies. The LHRD program provided a strong theory-research-practice focus which is something she really enjoyed as a student.
“I have always believed that it is extremely important to deliver evidence-based knowledge that can be used in practice, especially when it comes to the field of HRE, which is why I knew the LHRD program was for me.”
For Ixzell, one of the best things about obtaining a master’s degree in LHRD is that there are a wide range of vocational opportunities one can pursue. It also allowed her to develop collaborative relationships with fellow classmates, faculty, and staff, as well as identify and develop the necessary skills that that would allow her to become an impactful leader. Ixzel is looking to advance her career in the field of human resources by performing a job that has to do with the training and development of people such as HRD/Training Specialists, Training and Development Managers, and Organizational Development Consultants, just to name a few. Working as an HRD Specialist will provide her the opportunity to assist organizations in identifying performance issues and designing appropriate interventions which can result in improved organizational human performance.
The skills Ixzel acquired while pursuing her master’s degree in LHRD helped her become a better problem solver, strategic thinker, and leader in her personal life, while also boosting her confidence in her professional life. When helping others, it is about assisting individuals in their personal and professional development by fostering and supporting innovation and creativity within organizations.
A change-maker is someone who works as part of the change process by being an active member and a leader of positive change.
“That change can be either social or [an]other kind of change, as long as its ultimate goal is to help improve people’s lives and to implement a change with impact that contributes to the greater good”.
For students looking to pursue a career in the LHRD field, the program at LSU will expose them to innovative and impactful teaching and learning experiences that will prepare them for their professional careers in the HR field.
“Just like me, they will definitely grow as HR leaders and will acquire transferable and versatile skills and knowledge that are essential for their personal and professional development”
The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world-class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in human resource and leadership development. The BS, MS, PhD, and certificate programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. SLHRD also offers a 100% online master’s program and is a school within the College of Human Sciences & Education.
About the College of Human Sciences & Education
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.
Contact: Jeffery S. Portier
SLHRD Public Relations Coordinator