Student Highlights

Paige Alfonzo, Research Methods and Information Science, Research Methods and Statistics, was first author on an article with Christina Foust, University of Denver Communications Studies Department, published in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric. The essay builds an ecological chronology of student-led activism at the University of Missouri in Autumn 2015, illustrating how advocates make sense of and advance the rhetorical action of which they are a part of via social media.

Josie Ampaw, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction, joint MA with the Graduate School of Social Work, has been selected as a research assistant for the development of the Family Freedom School (FFS). Developed by Our Voice Our Schools, Denver Public Schools, National Black Child Development Institute Denver Affiliate, the University of Denver’s Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality and faculty from the Morgridge College of Education, FFS is for students in preschool through grade 12 and adult family members of all ages. Its mission is to re-humanize education so that each child, family and community member can reach their full potential.

Callie Cherry, Research Methods and Information Science, Library and Information Science, presented at the International Visual Literacy Association’s 51st Annual Conference in Leuven, Belgium. Cherry’s presentation, Alternatives to Artstor, showed how metadata impacts user experience and what ArtStor can learn from other art repository models.

Laurier Cress, Research Methods and Information Science, Library and Information Science, was selected as one of only three students to participate in a fireside chat with Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors at the University of Denver’s (DU) annual Diversity Summit, “How do we get to ‘WE’?” The summit harnessed the connective potential of experiences, personal realities and learnings, forging a path forward through concerted, meaningful and combined efforts. Cress was also one of 61 students selected by the American Library Association for the 2020 Spectrum Scholarship, a prestigious honor that was last awarded to a DU student a decade ago.

Meryl Faulkner, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction, Gifted Education Leadership, was inducted into the Colorado Academy for Educators for the Gifted, Talented and Creative. Dedicated to increasing representation of students of color in gifted programs, Faulkner’s doctoral research examined gifted identification in young, historically underrepresented populations. Faulkner will present her findings at the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Conference. Her research has already impacted practice through policy change.

Audrey Ford and Shanelle Rodriguez, Teaching and Learning Sciences, School Psychology, were awarded the Colorado Society of School Psychologists (CSSP) scholarship. Six scholarships are awarded annually to graduate students displaying excellence in the field of school psychology.

Stacey Gardner, Counseling Psychology, School Counseling, raised money and awareness for the Hadassah Medical Center (Hadassah) located in Jerusalem, Israel. The hospital’s mission is to treat 1 million patients a year without regard to race, religion or nationality. Gardner’s fundraising efforts represent her deep appreciation for the doctors who saved her life at Hadassah following a road traffic accident in the desert.

Julia Ratchford, Counseling Psychology, presented a research poster and led a symposium with primary care psychologists in the Department of Family Medicine from the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Conference. Their research examined the feasibility and utility of using a brief, multidimensional behavioral health screen to effectively flag behavioral health-related symptoms and concerns that may be overlooked by single unifocal measures.

Sree Sinha, Counseling Psychology, was awarded the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship in recognition of her commitment to serving South Asian and Queer People of Color (QPoC) communities. The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is an innovative, comprehensive and coordinated training, mentoring and career development program that enhances psychological and behavioral outcomes of ethnic minoritized communities. The program is committed to increasing the number of ethnic minority professionals in the field and advancing an understanding of the life experiences of ethnic minority communities.

Isaac Solano, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was honored by Westminster Public Schools as one of their Superheroes. A Gates Millennium Scholar, Solano is an alumnus of the school district. He was honored for his significant volunteer efforts to students in the district, including visiting Scott Carpenter Middle School regularly to share his passion for learning as well as running a college preparatory class that helps students identify and set goals for their future.

CJ Way, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Teacher Education Program, was awarded the program’s Leadership Award for 2020. In the face of the pandemic, Way quickly and expertly created online content that served as an exemplar for other students. Responding to social and racial inequity, Way demonstrated commitment to her students and school community by engaging students in culturally responsive lessons with an emphasis on social justice.

Nathan Willers, Higher Education, published an op-ed in Inside Higher Ed on authentic marketing in higher education. Originally submitted as part of a class assignment, he discusses the use of digitally altered images in higher education recruitment. The piece emphasized the importance of centering student voices and being institutionally honest with imagery and portrayals of student bodies in promotional materials. Originally submitted as part of a class assignment, his was chosen for publication and specifically discusses the use of digitally-altered images in higher education recruitment.

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