Contact Shamiran via Cranium Cafe

Languages Spoken

English, Farsi, Assyrian, and German

Favorite Quote

A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. -- B.F. Skinner

First Year at West Valley


Most Memorable Campus Experience

Watching and helping students get ready for the commencement ceremony is one of the most memorable and rewarding events I have experienced.

Favorite Place on Campus

Flight Deck - Backyard patio for veterans special events

Affinity Words/ At-Promise Factors

I had so many doubts and questions in mind when I started taking lower-division courses at West Valley and Mission College. My dream was made with numerous obstacles and one passion. However, I was fortunate to meet with good counselors and teachers. Their inspiration and support helped me to overcome the challenges and to hold on to my academic goal. I was an immigrant, first-generation, adult re-entry, and ESL student.


To stay motivated, I made small goals throughout my academic journey. I had to experience so many "first times." I was absolutely a stranger when I started my education. The best technic I had was to make a friendly and respectful relationship with teachers, students, staff, and whoever was involved with education and college. They helped me to find the answers I needed to have for my questions. New friends helped me to see myself as a member of the team.

As an immigrant, the WVC supportive team helped me to have my first job on campus. I continued my employment with the WVM district as I was trying to further my education at SJSU.

For the past ten years, I have had different roles and responsibilities with WVC and MC. The most memorable moments are the ones that I have shared with students and colleagues.

I have learned that "together," we can make many unforgettable achievements, filled with joy and proud moments.

Academic Service

ESL Counseling Support: Summer 2020 & Spring 2021

Strategic Planning Steering Committee Member: 2020 – present

Classified Senate, Vice President: 2020 – present

Guided Pathways Pillars II & III, Co-Chair: 2019 – 2020

Student Equity Office for Middle Eastern Students Faculty Fellow: 2019 – 2020

Classified Senate, Secretary: 2017 – 2020

Classified Senate, Senator: 2016 – 2017


B.A., Communicative Disorders and Sciences
San Jose State University

M.A., Counselor Education with additional 12 graduate units of LPCC
San Jose State University

Last Updated 4/9/21