Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology: Students
Parya Gorji is a master’s level student in the Organizational Psychology program in Los Angeles. As a Bahai religious minority living in Islamic Republic of Iran, Parya was barred from earning higher education from accredited universities and colleges in Iran. At the age of eighteen, she left her mother country to immigrate to the USA in pursuit of higher education and achieving her educational and academic goals. Short after, in 2011, she earned a BA degree in cognitive psychology from California States University Northridge. Her work experiences include working in the financial industry as a customer sales and service representative, Art teacher at Art Beat Center for the Arts, and listener at CSUN Helpline. In 2013, she joined the Center for Innovation and Change (CIC) team as an external consultant. She has done three projects so far, in one of which she has designed and led a Facilitation course to prepare facilitators prior to going to client's site. Currently she's leading a CIC project for Goodwill WorkSource. Parya finds that her education at CSSP has prepared her as consultant and a practitioner, and has given her tools to hone her critical and analytical skills.
Mengqi Shi is a master’s level student in the Organizational Psychology program in Los Angeles. He is originally from Shanghai, China, and earned his undergraduate degree in psychology, with a concentration in human services, from University of Wisconsin. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Mengqi found himself more interested in systematic, structural, planning and designing work with organizations. His motivation and interest in talent management and executive coaching led him to the program at CSPP. He is pleased with the strong connections he has made with his cohort and his professors, who share their professional experiences and provide resources in the field. Mengqi recently worked on a consulting project with Goodwill, where he assisted with training result review and performance management, took on the role of facilitator, and analyzed data. This experience provided him with valuable skill development and professional connections, and a step forward into his budding career.