Melissa Goan

Bachelor of Arts: Sociology & Women's and Gender Studies


Law and Society


Magna Cum Laude


Santa Rosa, CA

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters were my parents, professors, mentors, college roommate of three years, Noelle, and my partner, Bryan. Thank you for believing in me and being here every step of the way. Your love and generosity has been such a gift, and I couldn't ask for a better support system.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite memories are the ones when I felt most connected to the Saint Mary's, Bay Area, and global communities. I loved being a part of 8pm, student-led liturgies and supporting cultural nights on campus. I grew the most serving as a MICAH Summer Fellow, living in Alameda, and I found my vocation while participating in Lasallian Service Internship in the Philippines.

My Next Chapter

For the past two months, I've been serving as the Cal OES Statewide Coordination and Technical Assistance Project Manager at the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento. I am excited to be doing work that aligns with my interests in violence prevention, advocacy, and social justice, and I am thankful to be employed, despite all the uncertainties of the pandemic. Onward and upward!

Clubs and Activities

Honors Program and Commission
Mission and Ministry Center
Collegiate Seminar Program and Governing Board
Center for International Programs (January Term Abroad)
Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honors Society)
Liberal Arts Bridge Ambassador
Office of Community Life
Student Coalition Against Abuse and Rape
One Love Campus Ambassador
Peer Advocates for Wellness

Favorite Quote

"May the spirit of love instill honesty and integrity in our hearts forever"
— Former Volunteer at Bahay Pag-asa Youth Center