Diversity and Identity

Identities provide a lens to make sense of the world. Identities are not fixed markers — choices that feel right in one situation do not necessarily feel the same in another situation.

What are we doing about it?

The College of Education:

  • Recruits and retains faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, particularly those who are underrepresented to ensure equitable opportunities for all
  • Develops and implements strategies that leverage our Hispanic Serving Institution status in faculty and staff recruitment
  • Includes welcoming and supportive statements, illustrations, examples of past successes, etc., that support equity and inclusion in all college messaging
  • Conducting research on student ethnic identity and self-concept
  • Making connections between student identities, interactions, and learning
  • Works with homeless queer and trans-youth, drawing from the humanities-oriented social sciences to analyze and think with the narratives, testimonials, and social texts from youth on the street
  • Examines the cultural and historical backgrounds of high school students
  • Developing research identities and competencies from elementary school through career stages
  • Tracing discourses of gender throughout institutions of higher education with a particular emphasis on how they mediate life chances for transgender students, faculty, and staff
  • Conducting research on whiteness, white racism, “White Guys on Campus”

Who is doing it?

Assistant Professor of Practice, Teaching/Learning and Sociocultural Studies, Nadia Alvarez
Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice, Regina  Deil-Amen
Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Carol Brochin
Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice, Nolan Cabrera
Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Julio Cammarota
Assistant Dean, Research, Sara Chavarria
Director, Native SOAR, Amanda Cheromiah
Associate Professor, Teaching & Teacher Education, Cindy Cruz
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Monica Erbacher
Project Coordinator, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Eric Meyer
Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice, Z Niccolazo
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Richard Orozco
Associate Professor, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Michele Perfect
Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Erin Turner
Department Head, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Marcy Wood