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.

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.

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.

Ten UA faculty and staff members have been selected for a new fellowship that aims to further the University's efforts as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.The UA was designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education in April.

This month, we celebrated 20 years of the Smith Endowed Chair for Prevention and Education at the Arizona Inn with 80 guests. The reception captured the inspiration the Smiths imparted and the impact the Smith endowment has made in the community and for children. Lester L. and Roberta D. Smith were devoted benefactors to the UA College of Education. Formerly of Peoria, Illinois, Lester Smith was the owner of a company that manufactured aluminum and plastic products for homes.

Associate Professor Jill Koyama is the new director of the Institute for LGBT Studies. In addition, she serves as the Faculty Fellow at the Women's Resource Center. "We were so impressed with Jill's record of collaborative leadership, community engagement and scholarship at the intersection of social inequities and educational policy," said Associate Vice President for Research R. Brooks Jeffery. "She will continue the Institute's legacy of supporting faculty to advance interdisciplinary LGBTQ research and broadening impact across communities at multiple levels."

Rising seniors at Cholla High School, Anyssa Montaño and Jessica Valdez are enjoying the UA Rec Center facilities as part of Upward Bound's summer programming. The week's academic focus is on math instruction and came with the perk of guest speakers in the fields of physics, chemistry, math, engineering, and higher education. After four weeks of academy, there will be a student showcase and a road trip to see Arizona colleges.
UA Upward Bound is a program that makes higher education a reality for the 60 students from Cholla and Pueblo high schools whom they serve. Key to this program are peer-mentoring, family involvement and, Saturday academies that offer cultural enrichment and college preparation activities. UA Upward Bound is run by director Arlett Perez and coordinator Maria Mata. Read more on this program and its objectives here.

College of Education alumna and current graduate student Mandy Cheromiah and Native SOAR coordinator Felisia Tagaban cultivated a partnership with the Raytheon American Indian Network to mentor our Native SOAR students, who then mentor high school and middle school students. Read more.

In her recent op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Professor Jenny J. Lee offers advice on ways for students to produce their best doctoral dissertation.