Monique Golden
Doctoral Student

Monique Golden is a doctoral student in the Learning, Leadership and Education Policy program with a focus on Leadership and Educational Policy. Monique is a proud New Jersey native, born and raised in Elizabeth. She holds  a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and recently completed her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University  of Connecticut. Monique launched her website,, in September 2015 to provide a virtual space for future and entry-level higher educators and administrators to engage in dialogue around shared and unique experiences as they develop in their professional journey and personal  identities. Her research interests include student leader success, quality in higher education, history of education (specifically, educational opportunities for African Americans), and girls of color in STEM programs.

Monique is a Graduate Student Fellow in Engaged Scholarship, a UConn Collaborative Graduate Student Research Grant Fellow, and a Crandall-Cordero Fellow. Her current research involves a qualitative exploratory study of high school choice preferences of eighth grade girls of color and their families, the intent to select a STEM magnet school, and how their school and home experiences influence their high school choices. Other projects include an Enrolled Graduate Student Satisfaction Survey through the UConn Graduate School and an ongoing study analyzing the relationships between perceived stress, perfectionism, coping styles, and mental health among undergraduate student leaders with the Department of Student Activities.

Monique is a Research Assistant to Dr. Shaun Dougherty and they are collaborating on two projects currently: one related to full-day kindergarten and the other related to preschool in Connecticut. In this role, she communicates with state officials, accesses state documents and compiles data, and analyzes data.