At the Morgridge College of Education (MCE), inclusive excellence is found at the core of our community, academics, and student life. Many programs at MCE infuse social justice into their teaching and practice. The college engages the education community on a local, national, and international level through research and scholarship that promotes equity and access.
MCE Students and Inclusive Excellence
Raquel Wright-Mair, a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program, is exploring issues of access and equity, with the goal of identifying ways to create inclusive and engaging campus environments for underrepresented populations. Her research agenda includes looking at the experiences of faculty, and administrators of color on college campuses and examining structures, policies, and systems necessary for their growth, development, and success.
Kawanna Bright, Ph.D. student in the Research Methods and Statistics Program, is collaborating on a grant-funded study with Amy VanScoy, Ph.D.— from the University at Buffalo—to explore the experiences of librarians of color in reference and instruction work. Bright presented the research at both the midwinter and annual American Library Association (ALA) conferences in 2016. She hopes to work further with ALA to examine issues unique to librarians of color and to better understand diversity in librarianship.
Delma Ramos, a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education Department, is working with HED Associate Professor Judy Marquez Kiyama, Ph.D. to assess collegiate support for students and families from historically underserved groups. Ramos collected data via observations and interviews to determine factors that could lead to the exclusion of low-income, first-generation, families of color from engagement in the college experience of their children.
Diana Madriz, a recent Masters recipient from MCE’s Higher Education (HED) program, works marginalized communities trying to navigate the US educational systems. Diana’s particular focus working with immigrant families and families of color was shaped while at Morgridge through the relationship she built with HED faculty member, Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama, and her experiences as a Parent Engagement Education Fellow at RISE Colorado.