Faculty Profile

Samina Raja

Urban and Regional Planning
Email sraja@buffalo.edu


  • PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002

Professional experience:

  • Professor and Principal Investigator, Higher Education, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

Mentoring was (and continues to be) a key factor in the trajectory of my own career. Mentoring is an opportunity to enable others to succeed along their own chosen path. I have enjoyed mentoring students at varied academic stages (from high school students to post-docs). Mentoring is a mutually beneficial opportunity for a mentor and mentee to learn together.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Class and/or socioeconomic status and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.
  • Financial stress and strain.
  • Non-U.S. citizen or immigrant experiences.

Academic Culture

  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.