Transition Leadership Program Alum Profile: Christy Burbidge

Community Inclusion
1 min readMay 24, 2024


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UMass Boston Transition Leadership Program Alumna

What first attracted you to the Transition Leadership Program and to UMass Boston?

The courses are thorough and directly applicable to my job as a for my job as a school adjustment counselor and hopeful future Transition Specialist.

What were some of the most important lessons from the courses?

The areas for school-based improvement, especially the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education needs assessment from the Transition Topics course, really helped inform my practicum work. The Person-Centered Planning course gave me a lot of useful tools to help my work with individuals with intensive disabilities. All of the courses emphasized the importance of developing and maintaining an interagency team.

Why did you choose this program over other similar programs?

I’d heard about — and was blown away by — the quality of the mentor component. My mentor still keeps in touch with mentees from years ago, and I plan to be one of them. Without my asking, my mentor connected with me other innovators in the field.

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