Connecting with the Students We Serve – with Meera Ramsoondar-Cuevas 2020 Excel Award Winner

Western University of Health Sciences takes a whole-student approach to educating future healthcare professionals. And that complements the way COCM’s Meera Ramsoondar-Cuevas serves her team and the students she works with, connecting with people through the lens of their individual experience. Meera is the Director of Housing Operations at The Daumier at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She has been with Capstone On-Campus Management for six years, serving as Associate Director of Residence Life at City College of New York before taking on her current role in October of 2018. Meera earned the COCM Excel Award in February of 2020. On this episode of Student Housing Matters, Meera joins guest host Alton Irwin for the first of a series of conversations with Excel Award winners to discuss what it’s like to serve graduate students in the healthcare space. She describes the humanistic approach unique to the community and campus at WesternU and shares the benefit of having pet-friendly floors on her site. Listen in to understand how the Excel Award reflects the excellence of the people Meera’s worked with and find out what her students have taught her about cultivating compassion and seeing the world through a different lens.

Topics Covered

  • Meera’s role as Director of Housing Operations at The Daumier at Western University
  • The graduate degree programs in health sciences offered at Western University 
  • The humanistic approach unique to the community and campus at Western University
  • How a student population of future health professionals navigated the COVID pandemic.  
  • Why Meera loved working 1:1 with students in her first role in residence life with COCM
  • How Meera sees her Excel Award as a reflection of the great teachers with whom she’s worked 
  • What Meera has learned from her students about compassion and seeing the world through a different lens
  • Why it’s the small interactions with students that bring Meera the most satisfaction

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