Dean's Graduate Advisory Board
The Dean’s Graduate Advisory Board (DGAB) started in 2019 and is composed of members who represent the interests and concerns of graduate students and programs within the College of Education. The board serves as a direct line of communication between graduate students and the dean of the college on a wide variety of issues related to improving the graduate student experience.
The board meets with the dean on a monthly basis and serves as a representative voice in sharing the hopes, concerns, and current issues relevant to graduate students in the College of Education. Each board member serves as an outreach source to gather student voices and bring them to the table for discussion. The aim of the board is to provide a voice for all graduate students in the College of Education.
To facilitate an open dialog between graduate students, the Dean, and the College of Education staff and faculty, we created an anonymous Graduate Student Form if you would like to share any concerns, feedback, issues, or experiences. We will do our best to provide support by voicing your concerns to the Dean.
Allison Fairchild (she/her/hers)
Research Interests: Academic achievement and family relationships in students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds.
Reason for serving on DGAB: I feel fortunate to be part of the Dean's Graduate Advisory Board, because it provides an opportunity to voice our concerns as graduate students and collaborate with students from other departments. Outside of the board, I am a graduate associate for the Access Wellness and Relational Determinants of School Success (AWARDSS) and Sleep To Enhance Participation in STEM (STEPS) research labs. After graduation, I hope to work as an elementary school psychologist and then transition into a research career.
Baylee Hodge (she/her/hers)
Research Interests: Advocacy for social justice and mental health services within the school system.
Reason for serving on DGAB: The opportunity to be a voice for my program heavily influenced my decision to serve on the Deans Graduate Advisory Board. I am always looking for new ways to grow professionally, and this seemed like the perfect experience for that.
Fun Fact: When I retire, I want to start/own a club swim team wherever I am!
Tasnim Alshuli (she/her/hers)
Teaching and Teacher Education - Doctoral
Research Interests: Primarily Mathematics Education with a focus in both Cognitive Science and Visual Impairments, as well as general experience in STEM education
Reason for serving on DGAB: My experiences as a graduate student and a former coordinator for a tutoring program for the College of Education increased my interest in higher education administration related work and responsibilities. I am also involved in leadership positions related to advocacy for more diversity, access, and inclusion for individuals with access and inclusion challenges when it comes to disabilities and religion, and would like to continue to be in such opportunities in higher education. And finally, I am interested in learning, mentoring, and networking along with my fellow graduate students and faculty.
Tara Burke (she/her/hers)
Higher Education - Doctoral
Research Interests: My research centers managerial professionals: those who labor in the academy without the protection of tenure or civil service, e.g., university staff. I draw conceptually from two frameworks: critical collective agency and critical scientific management, seeking to understand how managerial professionals experience workplace bullying, and how they employ agency to counter its effects. Secondary interests include academic prestige, graduate and professional education, and mixed methods of inquiry.
Reason for serving on DGAB: I was invited to serve on the Board through my role as the graduate student representative to College Council. Working with a diverse, deeply engaged group of graduate students across departmental boundaries allows us to identify and interrogate issues systemic to COE graduate study, and to seek solutions to identified challenges in a communal, supportive environment.
Fun Fact: I am a near-native Phoenician and student affairs professional who works full-time at the UArizona College of Pharmacy on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. I'm an avid day hiker, Orange Theory devotee, globetrotter and small dog lover.
Sergio Castro (he/him/his)
Educational Psychology - Doctoral
Research Interests: I am interested in student success in, and access to, higher education with a focus on understanding attitudes, effective learning, and student experiences.
Reason for serving on DGAB: I decided to serve on the Dean's Graduate Advisory Board to be able to offer a voice on behalf of my fellow graduate students. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary nature of this board is important to making progress towards the many serious issues facing our community.
Fun Fact: I enjoy Disney way too much.
Sarah Eggleston (she/her/hers)
Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies - Doctoral
Research Interests: Legal education, with emphasis on writing and academic support.
Reason for serving on DGAB: Wanted to increase communication among programs/departments, as well as give my colleagues a stronger, larger voice within the School of Education.
Felisia Tagaban Gaskin
Felisia Tagaban Gaskin (she/her/hers)
Higher Education - Doctoral
Research Interests: Higher Education, with a focus on supporting educational pathways for Indigenous students.
Reason for serving on DGAB: My hope is the same wherever I go: to provide voice, perspective, and representation for the Indigenous student/staff community.
Fun Fact: The summer before my senior year in high school, I participated in MedStart and loved my experience in Tucson so much I decided to stay here!
Jason La Rosa
Jason La Rosa (he/him)
School Psychology - Masters
Research Interests: Providing school psychology services for indigenous populations.
Reason for serving on DGAB: To better understand and implement improvements to the academic systems in place to better serve the student population.
Maritza Marquez Olague
Maritza Marquez Olague (she/her/ella)
Educational Leadership & Policy - Doctoral
Research Interests: Educational reforms, Equity, Networks and Decision Making.
Reason for serving on DGAB: I would like to contribute to generate changes that benefit and empower students.
Fun Fact: I am proudly a four paws mom.
Taylor Roloff (she/her/hers)
Educational Psychology - Doctoral
Research Interests: I am very interested in teacher identity development and how emotions, goals, power dynamics, and ways of knowing facilitate teacher "Critical Consciousness" and professional identities.
Reason for serving on DGAB: My commitment as a doctoral student is the inclusion of multiple perspectives, bodies of knowledge, and ways of knowing. My reasons for serving on the DGAB is to collaborate with other graduate students across disciplines throughout the college in order to facilitate an authentic dialogue surrounding graduate student needs within the COE.
Lorrie Yates (she/her/hers)
School Psychology - Doctoral
Research Interests: Trauma-informed practice within Arizona K-12 schools.
Reason for serving on DGAB: As a non-traditional student, I am excited to serve on the DGAB on behalf of the many other non-traditional graduate students embarking on their graduate studies later in life. I am also passionate about equality and inclusion within the Arizona education system across the lifespan.
Fun Fact: I had a 20 year career as an executive in homebuilding prior to returning to college to complete my undergraduate degree in psychology and graduated with my undergraduate degree in psychology four days after my youngest son graduated with his undergraduate degree!