Who Are You? with Stephanie Watkins-Cruz, UNC MPA

As part of the grueling ELGL initiation process, new members are asked to complete our version of the Wonderlic test. It’s an open book test and participants do not have to use a dull number 2 pencil to fill in tiny circles.


Stephanie Watkins-Cruz (LinkedIn and Twitter) is pursuing at UNC Chapel Hill. She aspires to work for a government organization such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and then eventually teach at the college level.

Complete the following sentence…

In the last 60 days, my best accomplishment was… 

Landing my top choice for a summer practicum at the Orange County Department of Housing, Human Rights & Community Development

I joined ELGL because…..

The Carolina MPA program encourages it, and I’ve been following ELGL on twitter and reading all the cool posts AND saw that it was free so figured it was a win win.

One thing I remember from elementary is…


A talking school bus named Gus that knew all about our lives somehow and told us our dreams would come true.

On my way to work, I am thinking…

About all the school work I have to do but how much I love working in my field .

You should probably know that I…. 

Have a slight pug obsession, and spontaneously start speaking Spanish in the middle of conversations.

Do you agree/disagree with the following statement(s)……Explain….

The public should not have to pay for public record requests.

Disagree. Depends on the type of public record.

A Guns N’ Roses reunion tour is a good idea.


Agreed, all the Guns N’ Roses fans would be so happy?

My neighbor understands services provided by local government.

Disagree. They just moved here from Honduras.

Formal coaching/mentoring programs are worthwhile.

Agreed. Formal mentoring is what helped me survive until this point in my life.

I have a landline telephone.

Disagree. Wish I did though, however, the grad student budget doesn’t allow me to purchase throwback amenities on top of the current ones.