NEWS

Assistant Professor Jameson Lopez was part of a panel at UC Davis which showcased critical, diverse disciplinary perspectives in education. Lopez studies Native American education using Indigenous statistics and has expertise in the limitations of collecting and applying quantitative results to Indigenous populations. Lopez also recently gave the keynote for the Baboquivari college signing day. His speech was highlighted in a story by AZPM.

The 15th Annual Erasmus Circle Donor Recognition Reception, held at the beautiful home of Paul Lindsey and Kathy Alexander, honored our donors who support the College of Education.

The evening included a presentation on urban public education in the Age of Reform by alumnus Richard Carranza. Carranza is chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. He is responsible for educating 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools.

Maria Mata, project coordinator in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice, earned an award from the American College Personnel Association's Latin@/x Network during the association's annual conference in Boston in March. Mata was named the association's 2019 Outstanding New Professional.

The American College Personnel Association aims to foster student learning by providing outreach, advocacy, research, and professional development. The association's Latin@/x Network provides Latino-focused professional development programs and networking opportunities.

Students named as Lindsey Interns for the 2018-19 academic year were recently celebrated at a special reception with Mr. Paul Lindsey. Paul’s dedication to serving the Tucson community through our college internship program has not wavered through the more-than-ten year program. His support has allowed more than 70 community agencies, some for multiple years, to work with our interns. The needs that are met by our interns in the community vary widely. Some interns create curriculum in museums.

Assistant Professor Leah Durán is the recipient of the 2019 Urquides Laureate Award for her outstanding contributions in bilingual education on behalf of children. Experience teaching elementary school in bilingual and ESL classrooms in Texas drove Durán’s research to explore the relationship between language, literacy, and young children’s learning, with a focus on bilingual Latina/o children.

Transfer student Gabriel Martinez found his second family at the UA as a deaf studies major. He plans to pursue a master's degree in higher education and eventually work in disability resources at a university. Read the full story by Alexis Blue, University Communications.

Assistant Professor Desiree Vega is selected as a 2019-20 HSI Fellow. The program serves as one of many strategies to strengthen the University of Arizona’s institutional capacity and exceeds the federal criteria required to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution.

As an expert in youth literature, professor Kathy Short has held a passion for books since she was a child. Worlds of Words, the country's largest collection of global children's books, has grown from that passion and Short’s desire to connect children and books.

Worlds of Words is a feature of the children/teen section at the Tucson Festival of Books. The WOW booth at the festival promotes global understandings through children’s literature and invites community members to visit the collection to expand their knowledge on global perspectives. In order to connect with the community at the festival, Worlds of Words intern, Lacy Nehls and her team engaged patrons in a space theme, Take One Giant Leap by incorporating books from the collection and directing a hands-on activity.

Three Center for the Study of Higher Education doctoral students, Amanda Cheromiah, Charlinda Haudley, and Bryant Valencia, have earned the prestigious honor of being named 2019 recipients of the Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Award. This award is given annually to graduate students who, through teaching, research, or outreach and service, demonstrate a commitment to furthering diversity in education, higher education, and the community at large.