Tuesday, October 11, 2022
In 2020, UNT Dallas brought in Dr. Sabrina Hodge as the supervisor of the new Trailblazer Elite program (which provides strategic services and resources to 18-22-year-olds). She is also the Program Manager for the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program and is an alumna of the project herself. During those previous summers, it helped her intern at TXU, the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice, and UNT Dallas. Dr. Hodge served as a Teacher, Track Coach, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, Single Gender & Community Partnerships Coordinator, and New Teacher Mentor for the Dallas Independent School District for 12 years. During her time as instructional leader, she obtained her doctorate in higher education leadership. She also developed many mentoring and community programs. Continue reading and get to know how Dr. Sabrina Hodge applies her passion, dedication, and understanding of student development within her role at UNT Dallas.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
I love being able to help students find their purpose in life. I don’t feel like I’m working because I find joy in seeing my students smile when they accomplish their dreams and goals.
What lead you to your particular field/expertise?
I had a summer internship at a Juvenile detention center that allowed me to interact and plan activities for youth. I felt renewed and a sense of purpose. That internship experience sparked my passion to become a teacher. I taught for 5 years and then transitioned into administration.
As Program Director of the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program and Supervisor of the Trailblazer Elite Program, what can you tell us about these two programs and their significance (especially to those unfamiliar with it)?
Trailblazer Elite provides strategic services and resources to first-generation students starting college for the first time. The program is designed to promote student retention and ensure that students successfully graduate from UNT Dallas. The Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program provides college students in Senatorial District 23, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, or age, the opportunity to secure and actively participate in internships that will provide them with viable employment experiences in their majors or fields of interest. Thus, expanding their employment marketability, career choices, and leadership capabilities.
Do you have any favorite or memorable experiences connected to UNT Dallas?
In 2016 I did an internship for my doctoral program. I had an amazing time assisting with organizing a back-to-bash with local organizations. The faculty and staff were so warm and inviting. The back-to-school bash was a huge success. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to one day be a part of the amazing UNT Dallas family.
What exciting future opportunities do you see regarding supportive educational relationships that empower student success and increase student retention?
I’m excited that we are developing relationships in the community with organizations that will help us create a pipeline to internships and career opportunities. This will empower young people at UNT Dallas to give back and make an impact in their community. The opportunities will keep the students focused on reaching their graduation goals.
What is your proudest work moment?
Attending my first commencement ceremony as a staff member was my proudest moment thus far. I couldn’t hold back the tears as I watched students who strived to meet their goals walk across the stage. The excitement on their faces and the thank you text messages confirmed that UNT Dallas was where I was supposed to be.
What is your proudest nonwork moment?
Becoming a mother is the greatest blessing and accomplishment in my life. Brayden brings me so much joy. He gives me a new perspective on living life.
Do you have any recommendations?
I encourage anyone I meet to follow your dreams. Life is short, so live life to the fullest with no regrets. Become lifelong learners and give back to your community. I believe you will always get a return on your investment.
What is a fact about you that may surprise your colleagues?
I drive around town once a month on what I call “field trips” to go on a new dessert adventure to find new dessert places.
What is your favorite?
Hobby:? Taking pictures and making scrapbooks
Restaurant:? I love seafood and Mexican food, so I have two favorite go-to restaurants, Pappadeaux
and Uncle Julio’s.
A place to visit:? Italy. I am a foodie with a passion for art. I got to eat and enjoyed all my favorite
foods and desserts; macaroons, gelato, pasta, sip hot tea, lattes, and so much more.
I enjoyed every meal and all the beautiful cathedrals. Then the ultimate challenge
is climbing to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.