Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Degree: B.A. in Secondary Education, M.S. in Language Acquisition
Research Interests: Education Equity, Undocumented Students' Access to Education, Language Acquisition, and Dual Immersion Language Education.
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Sports, specifically soccer and football
Favorite Quote: All words have the 'taste' of a profession, a genre, a tendency, a party, a particular work, a particular person, a generation, an age group, the day, and hour. Each word tastes of the context and contexts in which it has lived its socially charged life... --Bakhtin 1981:293
Hometown: San Diego, California
Research Interests: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion practices/services in Higher Ed &/or the workplace.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy traveling to new countries, and being introduced to different cultures, ideas and perspectives. I am also a boxing enthusiast!
Favorite Quote: My favorite quote was inculcated by my late grandfather in Spanish: “ANIMO” – translates to performing a task fully immersed in spirit with valor and courage -- always giving 100% effort.
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Undergraduate: University of Utah
Major: Linguistics (TESOL Certificate) & B.A. International Studies
Research Interests: I have lived in two different countries and been exposed to two different languages and cultures. For this reason, I have naturally become interested in bilingual. biliteracy, and bicultural education. As an immigrant myself and English teacher for immigrants (mostly refugees), I am highly interested in language and culture education for immigrants as well.
Interesting Fact: Used to sing in a Jazz band.
Hometown: Coarsegold and Santa Cruz, California
Research Interests: Youth participatory action research in k-6 settings, community-centered pedagogy, tensions and intersections of whiteness and educational activism, abolitionist teaching, transformative/liberatory social and emotional learning.
Hobbies/Interests: Anything outdoors (ideally with my dogs), running slowly, travel, naps, and ice cream.
Interesting Fact: I've experienced both a rattlesnake bite and a jellyfish sting.
Ivy Patricia Farguheson
Hometown: Lynn, Massachusetts
Research Interests: Role of schools on racial and ethnic identity formation of young immigrants and first- and second- generation Americans; identity formation and schools
Hobbies/Interests: Running (especially marathons), watching football, playing basketball, talking politics, yoga
Favorite Quote: Do your job. --Bill Belichick
Juan Carlos Fernandez
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Previous Education: History Major; Art History Master’s degree
Research Interests: I am interested in gaining a better understanding of the racial ideologies at play in education, especially in Spanish-English bilingual programs. More specifically, I would like to comprehend the role of colonial epistemologies as an indicator as to whom we privilege in education.
Hobbies/Interests: Watching movies with my family, snowshoeing, reading and traveling.
Favorite Quote: If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
Hometown: Provo, Utah
Research: Racial battle fatigue; critical race theory
Hobbies/Interests: Movies, traveling, reading, and hanging out with my family
Hometown: Rose Park, Salt Lake City, Utah
Previous Degree: B.S. in Ethnic Studies, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy
Research Interests: tāvāism, tauhi vā, talanoa, Moana wayfinding and navigation, relationality, de/coloniality, higher education
Interests (and trying to make it a hobby): Rest
Famous Quote: So while you’re imitating Al Capone, I’ll be Nina Simone, and defecating on your microphone. – Lauryn Hill
Hometown: Westboro, Massachusetts
Research Interests: Spanish Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Programs, Latinx/Chicanx topics in education, and Bilingualism
Hobbies/Interests: I love to hike, mountain bike and snowshoe with my husband and two chocolate Labradors, and perform in musical theater.
Favorite Quote: The sacred is not in heaven or far away. It is all around us, and small human rituals can connect us to its' presence. And of course, the greatest challenge (and gift) is to see the sacred in each other. –Alma Luz Villanueva
Hometown: Missoula, Montana
Research Interests: Postcolonial and Neocolonial theories, Third Space Theory and applications in the classroom, English Learners and immigrant students in content-area classrooms, Native American students in secondary classrooms.
Hobbies/Interests: Skiing, backpacking, playing and coaching soccer, trail running and marathons, Real Salt Lake fan, literature and poetry.
Hometown: Lafayette, California
Research Interests: Pedagogies of consumption, neoliberal educational reform, social justice studies, critical race theory, queer/radical pedagogy, whiteness pedagogy, performativity, rhetorics of destabilization and resistance, culture jamming.
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, writing, teaching, biking, fishing, skiing, finding time to explore the great outdoors, digging for good vinyl, music and more music.
Hometown: Provo, Utah
Previous Education: B.A. Musical Theatre, Weber State University, M.A. Arts Administration, Southern Utah University
Research Interests: Ask me again next year! haha
Hobbies/Interests: Performing Arts, Historic Architecture, Community Advocacy and Engagement.
Interesting Fact: By the age of 25, I had both hips replaced!
Hometown: West Jordan, Utah
Research interests: Equity work in school policies, active citizenship and social justice, culturally responsive pedagogy
Hobbies/interests: Camping, fishing, pickleball, family time, hanging out with my dog, fall weather, traveling
Interesting Fact: I am a former NCAA student-athlete. I played soccer for Weber State University.
Hometown: I am originally from Rye, New York but have lived in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2015.
Previous Education: B.A. English, University of Utah, M.A. English Education, New York University
Research Interests: Education and Power, Language and Power, Critical Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies
Hobbies/Interests: Skiing, Hiking, Drumming
Interesting Fact: I am a drum set musician in my free time
Hometown: Nipomo, California
Research Interests: Indigeneity in education, decolonization, and Indigenous/ancestral language reclamation. She previously worked as an English Language Fellow (a U.S. Department of State Program) in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Hobbies: She enjoys traveling and paddle boarding.
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Previous Education: B.S. Humanities, University of Utah. M.A. Community Leadership, Westminster College
Research Interests: Family School Engagement
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, traveling, and hiking
Interesting Fact: I love to draw and learn about art
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Previous Education: I received a BA and MA in English at the University of Oregon with a focus on British Romanticism
Research Interests: Now, I aim to research ways in which higher education policies can support efforts of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. As I continue on in the program, my research will be more specialized/focused.
Hobbies/Interests: My hobbies include ballroom dance and reading a good fairy tale retelling.
Favorite Quote or Interesting Fact: One of my top quotes (though not favorite) is Jacques Derrida's "To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend."
Hometown: Carrollton, Georgia
Previous Degree: BA, Philosophy, Agnes Scott College; MS, Philosophy, University of Utah
Research Interests: critical whiteness studies, antiracist pedagogy, critical discourse analysis, postsecondary education staff & admin, postsecondary education policy
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, backpacking, camping, hanging out with my dog and catering to his demands, reading sci-fi
Favorite Quote: Belief initiates and guides action – Or it does nothing. --Octavia Butler
Nicole Wilson Steffes
Hometown: Portland, Oregon and Salt Lake City, Utah
Education: BA English at University of Puget Sound, MAT in Secondary Education and MEd in TESOL at Westminster College
Research Interests: critical race spacial analysis of public high schools, history of education in Utah, restorative justice initiatives led by anti-racist educators & community collaboration in K-12 education,
Hobbies/Interests: Keeping my Australian Shepherd Ginger out of trouble, attempting to emulate episodes of Great British Bake Off, making my partner go to workout classes with me, and listening to true crime podcasts.
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Research interests: Immigration and education and Family-School Engagement
Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy reconnecting with my culture by cooking amazing Mexican food.
Favorite Quote: You are too bomb to be doubting yourself. --Unknown author
Evelyn Ukamaka Ezikwelu
Hometown: Abuja, Nigeria in West Africa
Degree: B.sc/Ed. Economics, Masters of Arts in Educational Studies
Research Interests: Racial battle fatigue; physiological, psychological, and social well-being in higher education; mental health and health disparities in higher education
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, dancing, music, cooking, and gardening
Fun Fact: Getting down for some dance moves is a feel-good factor for me in my leisure time.
Hometown: South Weber, Utah
Research Interests: Critical media literacy, identity-based curriculum, and healing in education.
Interesting Fact: I love plants. A lot.
Hobbies/Interests: Painting and other mixed media visual arts.
Favorite thing about Utah: The mountains, seasons, and Utah's delightful plant life.
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Research Interests: Combatting white supremacy in education, teacher disciplinary practices and culturally sustaining pedagogy, the school/prison nexus, queer pedagogy
Hobbies/Interests: Yoga, running, mindful and sustainable living
Favorite Quote: If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. ― Lilla Watson
Hometown: Anhui, China
Degree: M.A. in Applied Linguistics, B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
Research Interests: bilingual education, teacher education and practice, heritage language maintenance, educational language policy and ideologies.
Hobbies: traveling, playing tennis, watching movies
Interesting Fact: I love music, and I am a hip-hop fan.
Hometown: Guilford, Connecticut
Previous Education: B.S. Geoscience, Environmental Studies, M.S. Applied Environmental Geology, M.A. Teaching and Learning
Research Interests: Equity work in schools, de-centering whiteness, youth development, critical pedagogy
Hobbies/Interests: Playing outside, spending time with my dogs and partner, writing, seeking solace
Interesting Fact: I can't swim, I have two spleens, and I used to run ultramarathons for fun.
Hometown: Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania
Education: BA in Elementary Education, MA in Curriculum and Instruction
Grades Taught: 3rd & 1st
Interests: Reading, hiking, traveling, snowboarding, watching Netflix/movies in my spare time
Research Interests: Multicultural Education, Language
Fun Fact: Growing up, I had a cow named Bully.
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Previous Education: English B.A. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas
Research Interests: Bilingual and multicultural education for early childhood settings, special education dual language learning accessibility, critical race theory and social justice
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, writing, traveling, collecting random facts, and pretending I know how to take care of all my house plants
Interesting Fact: I've lived in six different countries
Hometown: born and raised in Utah, but I am Mexican and Costa Rican
Degree: Psychology BS and Family Studies BS
Research Interests: I’m interested in community building and representation within educational spaces as well as the media primarily with Latinx and LGBTQ+ folx.
Hobbies: I love to spend time with my dogs, either doing something or just hanging out at home. I also love to dance and go to the gym and lift heavy things.
Favorite Quote: What is meant for me will not pass me by. --Libby Christensen
Hometown: Provo, Utah
Previous degree: B.S. in Teaching Social Science, Brigham Young University
Research Interests: Multicultural education, critical race theory, Black history, school segregation
Hobbies/Interests: Tennis, traveling, trying new foods, music, sports, the Utah Jazz
Favorite Quote: You can't have people listen to you unless you come to their world and then bring them to yours. --Kendrick Lamar
Hometown: Carichi, Mexico and Memphis, Tennessee
Research Interests: The experiences and resistance of LGBT students of color in higher education contexts, student-led protest, creative writing, and visual arts and social justice.
Hobbies/Interests: Southern home cooking, sustainable gardening, co-housing, jazz, gospel, and blues, African American literature, contemporary Latinx literature, queer literature, and Tarahumara art and language.
Interesting Fact: I am from Memphis, Tennessee, and a resident of Orange Mound, an African American neighborhood located southeast of Memphis. Orange Mound was established in 1890 and is the first city in the south to be built by and for African Americans. Memphis, Tennessee is also the birthplace of Aretha Franklin and Stax Records where artists like Johnny Taylor, Issac Hayes, and Carla Thomas recorded several albums.
Hometown: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Education: Teaching Social Studies Composite, BYU
Subjects Taught: US History, Sociology, Psychology, Government and Citizenship
Research Interests: Critical race theory, Multicultural Education, Pacific Islander Studies and Indigenous Studies
Hobbies: Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Volleyball, Hiking, Backpacking, Snowboarding, Listening to audible books, Cooking and Baking
Hometown: Taylorsville, Utah
Research Interests: Include English Language Learning, Latinx Immigration and Education, and also history and methods of culturally-relevant history teaching.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, writing, and amateur photography. I'm a career-changer, seeking an M.Ed. with secondary licensure.
Favorite Quote: The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. --Malcolm S. Forbes
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Previous Education: B.A. Theatre, University of New Mexico
Research Interests: Critical Race Theory and Queer Theory in the theatre, decolonization, social justice and education equality.
Hobbies/Interests: Theatre, traveling, cooking, anything to do with dogs (especially my dog), watching movies (mainly documentaries)
Interesting Fact: I've dyed my hair every color except pink!
Hometown: Roy, Utah
Previous Education: A.A. in Japanese at Weber State University & B.A. in Asian Studies: Japanese at Brigham Young University.
Research Interests: Nature-Based Education
Hobbies/Interests: reading, traveling, trying new recipes, choral music, bagpipes, gardening and planting trees, taking care of animals, and learning something useful then teaching it to someone else!
Favorite Quote: "Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." - Mark Twain
Hometown: Kualapuu, Hawaii
Previous Education: B.A. in History at Lewis & Clark College
Research Interests: Decolonial Education, Indigenous History, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Studies, Native Identity and Athletics
Hobbies/Interests: Love going to the beach and doing anything that will get me on the move (sports, hikes, etc). Also an avid reader, gamer and Star Wars fanatic! Everything I do is for the benefit of my family, friends, and community.
Interesting Fact: I come from a small Hawaiian island that has no stop lights, freeways, malls or major fast food chains. The population is a little over 7,000 and the only business people outside of this community would recognize is a Texaco gas station.
Hometown: Suburbs of Chicago
Degree: BA in International Studies with a minor in Theatre
Research Interests: My ultimate goal is to teach history at the secondary level. I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn students' personal connections to content we explore in the classroom. Also, I am very interested in learning more about how a solid education in history/social studies could possibly prevent students from becoming radicalized on the internet.
Interesting Fact: I worked as a standup comedian in Boston for 4 years.
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Communication studies
Hometown: West Jordan, Utah
Research Interests: sex education, education reform and policy, social justice, and student advocacy.
Hobbies/Interests: I love to travel, cook, immerse myself in poetry, and the occasional Netflix Binge.
Favorite Quote: “The moment we choose to love, we begin to move towards freedom.” -Bell Hooks
Hometown: Escondido, California
Previous Degree: B.S. in Elementary Education with a TESOL Minor, BYU
Research Interests: Decolonizing education, bilingual bicultural education, antiracism, social justice and equity in education
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, spending time with my husband and two sons, theatre, cooking, sewing, and photography
Interesting Fact: I'm great at random trivia games and love throwing themed parties.
Hometown: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Degree: B.S. Mathematics Education with minors in Psychology Teaching and Geology, Utah State University
Research Interests: Everything! I love to learn. Some specific areas that I want to focus on are educational accessibility and equality within secondary schools with high poverty rates and in relation to undocumented students, inclusion within secondary schools and classrooms, identity formation and the roles schools play, cultural identity, queer pedagogy, and critical race theory.
Hobbies/Interests: Running, reading, hiking, music, sports, crafts, and sewing
Favorite Quote: "This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." --George Bernard Shaw
Hometown: Pinckney, Michigan
Degree: B.S. in Public Relations and Sports Marketing concentration & M.eD. in Education, Culture and Society
Research Interest: improving sports inclusivity for LGBTQAI+ people and how sports impacts social justice movements
Hobbies/Interests: reading, big Marvel fan, finding fun places to eat
Favorite Quote: "I believe in my power. I believe in your power. I believe in our power." --Raquel Willis
Lose Uluave Lokotui
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Previous Education: B.S. Elementary Education, Brigham Young University
Research Interests: Pacific Islander Education and Methodologies, Critical Race Theory, Decolonial Education, Social Justice and Equity in Schools
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my husband and daughter, Tongan Tau'olunga, Filipino dramas, traveling, cooking and trying new foods, and taking long naps
Interesting Fact: I have 6 sisters and no brothers! Always a fun, loud time with them!
Hometown(s): Urbana, Illinois and San José, Costa Rica
Research Interests: Feminist ethnography, decolonizing education, bilingual/multicultural education, sociology, immigration advocacy, and cultural philosophy
Hobbies/Interests: Bhakti yoga, abstract psychedelic graffiti/art, reading, religious studies, and cooking for loved ones.
Favorite Quote: The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day … I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it” --D. F. Wallace