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Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni
Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni
Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni
Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni
Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni
Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni
Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni
Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni Dynamic portrait of diverse faculty, staff, and alumni
DIVERSITY
EQUITY
INCLUSION
In GSEHD we are working to foster an inclusive community of scholars and citizens who serve diverse communities. We believe we are stronger and more successful when we engage our individual, group, and social differences in the pursuit of equity and excellence for all.
We are committed to the important work of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we will be adding more content to this website about our ongoing work.

Master's Students Nichole Hutchins and Rujjares Hans Lead Middle School Students

GSEHD master's students Nichole Hutchins and Rujjares Hans (both in the International Education Program) are leading six D.C. middle school students at the Saint Thomas More Catholic Academy (STM), with the assistance of STM Social Studies teacher, Randall Carter, in a Pilot Global Storytelling Challenge focused on telling stories about health from an international perspective. From October to December 2018, Nichole and Rujjares have been meeting with their elementary school students for 1.5 hours weekly to learn, plan and ultimately perform before a live audience two compelling stories about an international issue that affects health.

Photo courtesy: Learning Life educational project

Faculty and Students Represented GSEHD at ASHE Conference

Faculty and students represented GSEHD at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference in Tampa, FL:

  • Dr. Daniel Klasik and doctoral student Angel Jones (Ph.D. in Education) presented in a Paper Session: The Many Paths to College Enrollment: Re-Conceptualizing College Choice. Dr. Klasik also presented in a Paper Session: The Consequences of Geographic Immobility on Postsecondary Outcomes for Low-Income Students.
  • Dr. Maxine Freund and doctoral candidates Lauren Hunter Naples and Elisabeth Kutscher (both Special Education and Disability Studies) presented in a Paper Session: Beyond Accommodation: Advancing a Culture of Neurodiversity in Higher Education. Elisabeth Kutscher also presented in a Round Table Session: “We’re Not All Cut from the Same Cloth”: A Mixed Methods Investigation of College Persistence in Students with Disabilities and/or Learning Differences.
  • Dr. Ashley Stone presented in a Paper Session: Reframing Rurality: How Empowering Rural Students Enriches Rural Research. Dr. Stone also presented in a Paper Session with a colleague from the University of Maine on The Positionality of Place: Examining How Scholarship Engages with the “Where” in Higher Education Research.
  • Doctoral student Nancy Stalowski (Higher Education Administration) presented in a Round Table Session on: The White Male Benefactor: Venture Philanthropy in Higher Education.
  • Dr. Deniece Dortch presented in a Paper Session: Naming and Disrupting the Problem of White Western Models of Socialization: Toward a New Understanding of the African American Doctoral Student Experience.

Dr. Thessin, Dr. Clayton, and Student Tamilah Richardson Present at Conference

Dr. Rebecca Thessin, Dr. Jennifer Clayton, and doctoral student Tamilah Richardson (Educational Administration) attended and presented at the University Council for Educational Administration conference in Houston, Texas. Dr. Thessin led a Critical Conversation on the topic of instructional and leadership coaching with Shelby Cosner (UIC) and Sarah Woulfin (UCONN). She also organized a symposium entitled, “System Support for School-Based Instructional Leadership: An Interactive Symposium” in which she presented a paper. Dr. Clayton presented a paper entitled, "Equity-Minded Leadership: How School Leaders Make Meaning of Building Mindsets and Practices." Tamilah Richardson gave a presentation entitled, “Exploring How to Mitigate the Early Career Minority Teacher Shortage Through Teacher Leadership.” They also collectively attended and facilitated the Leadership for School Improvement Business Meeting while they were in Houston.

GSEHD Students Have a Seat at the Table

GSEHD master's students Rachel Horowitz and Savon Jackson (both International Education), were members of the Atlantic Council and NAFSA Special Roundtable Dialogue on Shaping the Principles of the New Global Order. The Special Roundtable Dialogue convened a select group of students from universities in the Washington, DC area for a discussion and exchange of views on what principles should be included in the Declaration of Principles, which will outline a new set of principles for addressing today’s challenges that could serve as a common strategic vision for advancing a rules-based global order.

Alumna Michele Stites and Student Heather Walter Present Paper

GSEHD alumna Michele Stites (Ed.D, Curriculum and Instruction) and Heather Walter (doctoral student/visiting instructor, Special Education and Disability Studies) presented their paper, "These Aren't The Kids I Signed Up For: Preservice Early Childhood General Education Teachers in Special Education Settings," at the Division of Early Childhood Conference in Orlando, Florida.