Engaged Learning: Student Leadership

Martin Rivera-Salas is a student leader in the areas of nursing and psychology.

Martin Rivera-Salas, Psychology & Nursing

Martin Rivera-Salas is a double major in psychology and nursing, and is a student leader and advocate for two powerful forms of engaged learning: research and service learning.
Martin participants in UM-Flint's Commitment to Service program. He has offered his skills as a web developer and social media specialist to the nonprofit Centro Multicultural La Familia in Pontiac, MI. Martin is also the president of the Michigan Nursing Students Association and was recently elected "Breakthrough to Nursing" (BTN) Director for the National Student Nurses' Association.

Psychology professor Thomas Wrobel, PhD talking with Martin Rivera-Salas

Martin's other passion is research. He and UM-Flint psychology professor Thomas Wrobel, PhD teamed up to research Group Dynamics in Classroom Exercises. Martin said, "Dr. Wrobel made me his colleague, not just his assistant." The goal of their research was to examine "differences in developing interpersonal skills, communication skills, learning effectiveness, and instructor skill in various online and classroom learning configurations."
Martin said this research helped inform work he does as an instructional design intern with UM-Flint's Office of Extended Learning.

  • gained experience conducting research
  • learned to work closely with a faculty partner
  • analyzed data and presented findings
  • sought and secured leadership positions with local and national organizations
  • applied learning in role as an instructional design intern