Raquel Wright-Mair is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. Her overall research is grounded in social justice and focuses on issues of access and equity, as well as 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. Raquel also works as a Research Associate for the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) project with Dr. Sam Museus.
Justin TenEyck, a Masters student in MCE’s Higher Education program, exemplifies Inclusive Excellence through his work with underrepresented and historically excluded student populations. He is dedicated to creating equitable solutions for college access and success for students of color, first-generation, and low-income students. Currently, Justin works at the national non-profit, College Track, in Aurora as the Student Life Coordinator and College Affairs Advisor. He participated at the DU Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence, in Dr. Frank Tuitt’s workshop, “Black Souls in Ivory Towers: 50 Years since Selma and Still We Are Not Free,” presenting his counter narrative experience at a predominantly white institution.
Angela January, an Ed.D student in MCE’s Curriculum & Instruction program, exemplifies Inclusive Excellence through her work expanding study abroad and cross-cultural travel opportunities for graduate students and adult learners. She is a founding member of the Morgridge College of Education Global Education Network. A group dedicated to the growth of International Education at DU and the greater education community. Angela has found that engaging in cross-cultural travel experiences and study abroad has the potential to invigorate a person’s vision of the ways they can make a difference in the world both personally and professionally.
Diana Madriz, a recent Masters recipient from MCE’s Higher Education (HED) program, exemplifies Inclusive Excellence by aiding marginalized communities in navigating the US educational systems. Diana’s particular focus of 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. Diana also participated in the 2015 DU Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence, co-presenting the workshop “Shifting the Spotlight: Activism Post Ferguson,” which explored personal experiences of activism as well as what activism means on individual and communal levels.