Roshni D. Lal
Director of Career Planning & Employer Relations
Roshni Lal is a dedicated educator with more than 15 years serving students in post-secondary, K-12 and U.S. military settings. She provides professional development and experiential opportunities to MCU students while connecting them with industry professionals and employers.
In previous professional roles, she has designed exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution and the National Institutes of Health while also serving as a museum educator/consultant for middle and high schools in Washington, DC. Lal entered the world of higher education as a program manager at The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars, where she traveled to numerous universities across America to promote internship experiences in the nation’s capital while also providing career planning and professional development workshops to interns. From there, Lal transitioned to civilian career counselor for U.S. military service members and their families while living in Seoul, South Korea and working on the Yongsan Garrison military base. She was also an adjunct faculty member for the University of Maryland Global Campus, where she taught cultural anthropology.
Lal is currently pursuing her doctorate in higher education and student affairs from Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation research focuses on developing and implementing career counseling through a multicultural and multiracial lens for ethnic/racial minority college students, specifically Pacific Islander students attending predominantly white institutions.
Lal joined MCU in September 2017, and in that time, the Internship & Career Planning office has launched multiple programs and services including the Career Closet and the Mariner Mentoring Program. In her role, she oversees the internship program, and cultivates and maintains relationships with employers and alumni to connect students with various opportunities. Additionally, she serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and collaborates with employers on implementing and practicing DEI initiatives. As an adjunct faculty member, Lal co-designed the curriculum for the career preparation and planning courses, which she teaches to business and criminal justice majors. She also serves as co-advisor for the Asian Pacific Islander Student Association.
She presents at a variety of conferences and serves on numerous external committees, task forces and associations. Colleges of Distinction has quoted Lal regarding best practices in career services in higher education.
PhD, Education, Emphasis in Higher Education & Student Affairs, Claremont Graduate University (In Progress)
MA, Education, Claremont Graduate University (2021)
Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies, Claremont Graduate University (2020)
MA, Museum Studies, The George Washington University (2003)
BA, Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles (2000)
- Co-chair, Programs Committee, 2021 Conference, Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges & Employers (MPACE)
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Programs Committee, Mountain Association of Colleges & Employers (MPACE)
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Marymount California University
- Inclusion Committee, Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Education & Workforce Committee, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce
- People of Color Affinity Group, National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE)
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE)
- Consortium of Liberal Arts Schools & Independent Colleges (CLASIC)
- Lal, R. (2021, May 19). What Do I Want, Why Do I Want It, and What Am I Worth? Understanding How My Ethnic/Racial Identities Impact Career Decision-Making and Career Success. [Conference presentation]. Oregon Diversity Career Symposium.
- Lal, R. (2021, May 4-6). Infusing Career Theory and Scholarly Research with Practice and Implementation: Storytelling, Positionality, and Career Decision-Making for BIPOC Students. [Conference presentation]. North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers Annual Conference.
- Lal, R. (2021, March). Job Search Strategies for Tapping into the Hidden Job Market and Raise Success Rates Significantly [Webinar Panel]. National Association of Colleges & Employers.
- Lal, R. (2021, February). Future of Career Readiness: Small Schools. [Webinar Panel]. Quinncia.
- Lal, R. (2020, December). Infusing Theory and Research with Practice and Implementation: Designing and Delivering Career Services for Ethnic/Racial Minority Students. [Conference presentation]. Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges & Employers Annual Conference.
- Lal, R. (2020, June). Designing and Delivering Career Services for Ethnic/Racial Minority Students and Wage, Promotion, and Job Title Disparity Based on Gender and Race, [Conference presentation and facilitator]. Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges & Employers Summer Summit.
- Lal, R. (2006). From Job Search to Job Security. [Conference presentation]. Diversity in Public Service Expo, Washington, DC.
- Lal, R. (2006). Understanding Multicultural Students. [Training facilitator]. The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars, Washington, DC.
- Lal, R. (2006). The Model Authority: From Internships to Careers in Washington, DC. [Conference presentation]. East Coast Asian American Student Union Annual Conference, Washington, DC.