Highlights & News
2017 AERA Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award
Congratulations to MarÍa Ledesma, ELP Assistant Professor! The Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards recognize scholars in various stages in their careers who have contributed significantly to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minority populations, and minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to education research and development.
Early Career Teaching Award
Please join us in congratulating Erin Castro, ELP Assistant Professor, on receiving the University’s Early Career Teaching Award! The Early Career Teaching Award is given to outstanding young faculty members who have made significant contributions to teaching at the University of Utah. Dr. Castro's award came with commendations for her tremendous work both in the classroom with groups of students, and individually with students who benefit from her caring approach to the challenge and support that are key to the learning process.
New Policy Brief
Co-authored by Paula Smith, ELP Professor
Smith, P. , Larson, J., & Scott, T. B. (2017). High quality early childhood education: Good for children, good for the economy. National Prevention Science Coalition–Translating Prevention Science for Policy and Practice.
Just 37 years old when he was appointed as Utah’s director of athletics, Chris Hill, Ph.D., has led the school’s athletics programs to unprecedented success since his hiring in October of 1987. Now in his 30th year at Utah, he is the nation’s longest actively tenured athletics director at the same school in the NCAA FBS.
Chris received his Ph.D. in educational administration (Univ of Utah, 1982) from the
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the College of Education.
READ the Tribune article about Chris >>
The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted a panel discussion about the normalization of rape, its implications for different populations and how to combat it. Among others, the panelists included Romeo Jackson, a graduate student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.
Panelists explored how the normalization of rape is manifested in policy and on the
college campus. More importantly, panelists will suggest for everyone to take steps
in disrupting the current status.
Congratulations on NASPA Appointment
Blake Robert Abraham Kaililauli’i Viena was selected by NASPA to be the National Communication Coordinator for Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community (APIKC) as well as the representative for the Indigenous Knowledge Community for NASPA Region 5.
ELP M.Ed. Student Affairs at the Conference on Diversity Excellence (C.O.D.E.)
Brenda Dao, Blake Viena, Vivian D’Andrade, Joren Plunkett, and Jonathan Cardenas presented at the C.O.D.E. Conference on Feb. 15, 2017 at the University of Utah. Presentations included:
- Reclaiming Empowerment
- Activism 101: An Asian American & Pacific Islander Lens
- Hor d'oeuvres of White Normative Predilection: How a Colorblind lens of Diversity Divides Marginalized Groups and Preserves Racism
All sessions were well attended!
ELP graduate Tarun Chun has accepted the position of Headmaster of Schools for the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus in Hawai'i. "This new opportunity will allow me to advocate for Native Hawaiian children throughout the state of Hawai'i. With this new emphasis on reaching all native Hawaiian youth comes a challenge to build more partnerships with educational organizations throughout the state that serve native Hawaiian youth, and that mission excites me beyond words. I am thankful for the opportunity to return to my alma mater."
ELP student Maria Reyes had an essay published in the Association of College Unions
My Vision for Higher Education: Providing Pathways for Individual Success
Alonso R. Reyna Rivarola, ELP M.Ed. graduate, was featured in NY Times article. The New York Times Editorial Board has called on the Trump administration to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that temporarily shields some young immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally. We’re featuring stories from young immigrants who were spared from deportation and permitted to work during the Obama administration.
ELP & ECS students as co-authors in new book chapter on legacy of Derrick Bell
Ana Carollina Antunes, Rosie Connor, Kathryn K. Coquemont, Kehaulani Folau, Allison Martin & Laura Tood are all co-authors with Dr. Laurence Parker of a book chapter entitled The Utility of the Space Traders and its variations as critical race theory teachable moments in the edited book Covenant Keeper: Derrick Bell's enduring education legacy (2016) edited by Gloria Ladson Billings & William F. Tate (published by Peter Lang). The book highlights the importance of Derrick Bell's legal scholarship and activism as one of the founders of critical race theory and the chapters profile different parts of his legacy as they apply to education contexts. Read more about this chapter >>
Assistant Professor Jason L. Taylor has Tribune Op-ed piece "Make college affordable to make democracy work"
ELP Doctoral student Jonathan Gochberg has Tribune Op-ed piece "Utahns should confront their ‘unconscious’ racism"
The students of Dr. Larry Parker's 2015 Leadership for Social Justice class had the opportunity to put theory into practice: they developed a diversity action plan for the University of Utah. Read more about the DIversity Action Plan Proposal >>