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Gerardo Lopez, and Laurence Parker each published a chapter in Critical Approaches to Education Policy Analysis: Moving Beyond Tradition  (Young & Diem, Eds., 2017). The book is published by Springer Press. Lopez’s co-authored chapter is titled "When Parents Behave Badly: A Critical Policy Analysis of Parent Involvement in Schools.” Parker’s co-authored chapter is titled "Silent Covenants in the Neoliberal Era: Critical Race Counternarratives on African American Advocacy Leadership in Schools.” 

Wanda Pillow, faculty member in the department of Education, Culture, and Society, also has a chapter in this same book titled "Policy Studies Debt: A Feminist Call to Expand Policy Studies Theory.”

Maria Ledesma2017 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.

Erin CastroEarly 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.

Paula SmithNew 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 >>

Romeo JacksonThe 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!

Tarun ChunELP 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."

Maria ReyesELP student Maria Reyes had an essay published in the Association of College Unions International
My Vision for Higher Education: Providing Pathways for Individual Success

alonso rivarolaAlonso 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.

olivahallJefferiesPerezCongratulations to our 2016 Fall Semester PhD Graduates >>



ELP & ECS students as co-authors in new book chapter on legacy of Derrick Bell

Larry ParkerAna 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 >>

Jason Taylor

Assistant Professor Jason L. Taylor has Tribune Op-ed piece "Make college affordable to make democracy work"

GochbergELP Doctoral student Jonathan Gochberg has Tribune Op-ed piece "Utahns should confront their ‘unconscious’ racism"



Larry Parker & StudentsThe 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 >>

Summer 2017

Voice, Self-Efficacy and Leadership
ELP 6960-001
with Dr. Janice Bradley


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Last Updated: 4/26/17