Spring is my favorite time of year. I like to go outside and take endless pictures of animals, flowers, and nature’s other wonders thriving under the sun and warmer weather.
I also enjoy this time of year because it signifies a couple of key moments in the UW Tacoma School of Education: preparing to send off our graduating students at our commencement and hooding ceremonies, and then a week later, welcoming newly admitted students during our new-student orientations.
Over the past several months, the UW Tacoma School of Education community has continued to thrive. In this edition of our E3 newsletter, we will share some highlights, such as our 30-year anniversary celebration in autumn 2022 quarter, and reflections from some of our alumni, community partners, faculty, and staff. As you will see, faculty and staff continue to contribute to our local communities and the profession through their research, scholarship, and service.
I also am delighted to share that Tim Brennan, a candidate in the School of Education at UW Tacoma’s MEd Secondary Mathematics Education program, was named a UW Husky 100; he was among 5 UW Tacoma students to receive this honor!
I am pleased to announce a few new hires. Nicco Eblum-Tabanda joined us as our Administrative Assistant on May 01, 2023 in a shared position with the AAPI THRIVE Project. Miranda Kucera and Sae saem Yoon will join us on September 16, 2023 as our newest faculty colleagues. Learn more about them in this newsletter.
I hope spring 2023 is going as well as possible and I look forward to staying in touch.
Dean & Professor, School of Education
Special thanks to Brian Anderson in the UW Tacoma Office of Advancement, as well as Yennhi Truong in the School of Education, for all of their support with this edition of our E3 newsletter.
Congratulations, Secondary Mathematics Education Candidate, Tim Brennan
Tim Brennan, a teacher candidate in the UW Tacoma School of Education’s MEd Secondary Mathematics Education Teacher Certification Program, has been selected as a UW Husky 2023. Brennan is among just 5 UW Tacoma students selected for this system-wide honor, which “recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students who are making the most of their time at UW.” You can learn more about UW’s Husky 100 here.
Welcome, New Staff Member, Nicco Eblum-Tabanda
Rachel Endo, Dean of the School of Education and Principal Investigator/Interim Project Director of the UW Tacoma AAPI THRIVE Project, is delighted to welcome Nicco Eblum-Tabanda as an Administrative Assistant. Eblum-Tabanda is in a shared 50%-50% split role with the AAPI THRIVE Project team and the School of Education. Eblum-Tabanda most recently served as Closing Team Lead with Target in Federal Way, with a range of administrative responsibilities, including onboarding, supporting, and training new team members. He is a Certified Long-Term Care Ombuds and has Emotional Intelligence Training through “There's a Better Way: Ending Antipsychotics in LTC Settings.”
Welcome, New Full-Time Faculty Members
The School of Education at UW Tacoma is delighted to welcome two new full-time faculty members, Miranda Kucera and Sae saem Yoon, who will start with us on September 16, 2023.
Kucera will join us as an Assistant Teaching Professor in School Psychology. She earned her PhD in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in School Psychology, from Arizona State University.
Q1. What drew you to the UW Tacoma School of Education?
I was drawn to UW Tacoma School of Education in autumn 2019 when I was fortunate to meet Dr. Rachel Endo and Dr. Laura Feureborn after I heard about the new School Psychology program being developed. I was excited to hear about a program in Puget Sound to address the critical shortages I saw not only in my district but across districts in the region. I wanted to be involved not only in the program but UW Tacoma specifically. I appreciated the foundational anti-racist principles that the School of Education embedded throughout the graduate programs. I became a member of the Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB) for the developing EdS program while teaching graduate courses part-time. I am excited to transition into a full-time faculty role and continue to expand my role within the School of Education.
Q2. What do you most look forward to in September 2023 when you us as a full-time faculty member?
I look forward to being a more integrated member of the faculty and having more opportunities to collaborate and further hone the EdS program.
Quote from Co-Chairs Kurt Hatch, Faculty Director of Educational Administration and Laura Feuerborn, Faculty Director of School Psychology
"In addition to advanced degrees in Clinical and Educational Psychology, Dr. Kucera brings over a decade of experience working as a school psychologist in California and Washington states. Dr. Kucera has been teaching in the School of Education since the summer of 2019 and has taught various graduate courses for the MEd EdD, and EdS programs. Students rate Dr. Kucera's courses highly, and just recently, students selected Dr. Kucera to be the first lecturer as a speaker at our 2022 Hooding Ceremony."
Sae saem Yoon
Yoon is a PhD Candidate in Learning, Literacies, & Technology at Arizona State University. She will join us as an Acting Assistant Professor in Critical K-8 Literacy Education.
Q1. What drew you to the UW Tacoma School of Education?
I was drawn to UW Tacoma School of Education for various reasons. I like that the campus is located in a vibrant urban environment, has a diverse student body, and is committed to providing hands-on learning experiences through partnerships with local schools and the community. Above all, I like that UW Tacoma strongly emphasizes equity and social justice.
Q2. What do you most look forward to in September 2023 when you us as a full-time faculty member?
I look forward to meeting with students. I would love to learn more about students' interests, goals, and challenges they face so that I can center the learning around them and make learning more relevant and meaningful. I also plan on learning from students by listening to different perspectives they bring and gaining insights into the challenges that they are facing in their teaching and learning.
Quote from Julia Aguirre, Search Chair:
"We are very excited to welcome Sae saem Yoon to the School of Education. Her research focuses on critical literacy, critical teacher education, arts education, and translanguaging pedagogies. Dr. Yoon is committed to developing tools and approaches to support teachers to engage and enact critical literacy in K-12 schools.”
Welcome, Taylor Merwin, Student Worker
Donna Braboy, Office Supervisor in the UW School of Education, is delighted to announce that Taylor Merwin joined us as our newest student worker. Merwin’s main portfolio includes creating an online HUB, supporting general technology needs, and updating our web-based materials.
Q1. What is your current major and do you have any career plan?
I am majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Technical Communication at UW Tacoma. After completing my degree, I would like to work on ways to increase accessibility in technology.
Q2. What do you enjoy most about being a student at UW Tacoma?
My favorite part of being a student at UW Tacoma is being a part of the great community here and getting to work with students who are passionate and driven.
Get to Know
Clara Stewart, Teacher Certification Program Mentor Teacher
Q1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your current role.
I was born in Panama City, Panama. I moved to the US in 2005, became a certified teacher in Washington State in 2010, and earned an MEd in 2015. Also, in 2017, I became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Literacy EMC, and currently, I work as a First Grade Dual Language Teacher at Blix Elementary in Tacoma Public Schools.
Q2. What drew you to work or volunteer as a mentor for UW Tacoma?
It was a desire to share relevant expertise I have acquired throughout the years with teacher candidates, especially to guide them in how to incorporate English language acquisition best practices in a culturally diverse classroom.
Q3. What is your biggest takeaway during your time mentoring teacher candidates in the UW School of Education?
Mentoring made me wiser as an educator and more intentional in setting learning goals for students and my teacher candidates. It is rewarding to invest in their learning experience. When providing each other with honest and direct feedback and empathy with a healthy and respectful attitude makes a happy, collaborative, and positive classroom environment for all.
Tom Hathorn, Manager of Field Placements & Partnerships
Tom Hathorn was appointed as Manager of the UW Tacoma School of Education’s Office of Field Placements & Partnerships on September 01, 2023, after serving in an interim role in summer 2022. His primary duties include coordinating the School of Education’s field placements and partnerships; overseeing the daily operations of the Office of Field Placements & Partnerships; supervising field supervisors; and supporting candidates across certification programs along with other faculty and staff.
Q1. Tell us a bit about yourself and what drew you to UW Tacoma.
Professionally, UW Tacoma's commitment to equity and justice was a big draw for me. In my career as a science and mathematics educator, I have been collaborating with people in various roles to disrupt the inequitable access to STEM-related careers. One of my favorite areas of work is listening to students' voices: what is it about their science education experience that inspires them or turns them off?
Personally, my wife and daughter are both UW graduates and I have long dreamed of officially becoming a Husky myself,
Q2. What are you looking forward to on your new role?
It is a big responsibility to help maintain UW Tacoma's excellent reputation for preparing high-quality new teachers. Last year I thoroughly enjoyed supporting Teacher Candidates learning their craft in schools. This year I look forward to working with every candidate, helping them to grow, and listening to stories from their experiences with students of their own.
In my new role, I will also get to collaborate with more of the faculty and staff than before. It is humbling and inspiring to be part of a school that is so committed to equity and justice in its programs and the broader Tacoma community.
Q3. Do you have a favorite quote or reading that you would like to share, and why it inspired you?
I recently re-read Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum. She helps me see how children's racial identities are shaped from within and through interactions with other people. I had not really thought about the development of my own White racial identity as having such similarities with respect to how identities formed across all racial groups. At the same time, Tatum's research and personal stories help me to respect the unique and varied experiences of each racial group.
Amy Van Named School of Education Advisory Board Chair
Rachel Endo, Dean of the UW Tacoma School of Education, is pleased to share that Amy Van has been appointed as Chair of the Advisory Board, following a nomination and vote from the Board-at-Large. Van is a well-respected leader in our community with a clear track record of promoting equity and social justice for underserved communities.
Amy Van (she/her) is a University of Washington alum (c/o 2012) and a project manager at the Tacoma Housing Authority. She became interested in issues around education equity during her undergrad while organizing with activists among the Southeast Asian American community, particularly around improving statewide data disaggregation. Her current day job allows her examine systems, structures and policies and push on them to be a bit more equitable. She resides in Tacoma, the unceded territory of the Puyallup and Coast Salish people. She has three pups and loves pizza.
New Advisory Board Member, Alicia Porter
Rachel Endo, Dean of the UW Tacoma School of Education, is pleased to announce that Ms. Alicia Porter, a two-time alumna of UW Tacoma (MEd in 2010 and BA in 2008), was appointed to serve on the School’s Advisory Board effective immediately, following a vote from board members. Her experience in teaching over 10 years has taken her through both the private and public sectors as an educator as well as successfully homeschooling two children. While a student at UW Tacoma, she worked on the Student Activities Board, and was a member of the Black Student Union. As a new entrepreneur, she has launched two new growing businesses. Her current role as an educational leader is in the Bethel School District, where she works with students as an Associated Student Body advisor and instructing Highly Capable Students daily. She is also a member of the district Equity Team. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing and hiking.
Education Celebrates 30 Years at UW Tacoma:
Belinda Louie Receives Dean’s 2023 Distinguished Service Award
The UW Tacoma School of Education celebrated 30 years/10 years at UW Tacoma on November 29, 2022. Starting as a Program in 1992, Education at UW Tacoma was founded by Professor Belinda Louie and Professor Emerita Marcy Stein. We obtained UW School status from the Board of Regents in autumn 2016.
UW Tacoma’s Chancellor Sheila Edwards Lange and Dean of the School of Education Rachel Endo, gave opening remarks. Guests reflected on memories and where they hope to see Education in the next 30 years.
The highlight of the evening was when Chancellor Lange presented Louie with the Dean’s 2023 Distinguished Service Award for her exceptional service to the community and school. Louie is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of culturally relevant reading education and Teaching English Learners, obtaining some of the largest grant-funded awards in the history of UW Tacoma, including multi-million-dollar grants from the US Department of Education.
Below are additional quotes from Louie:
Q1. How has the former Education Program shifted over the past 30 years, especially as you think about where we are at as a School of Education? What you most proud of? What has most surprised you?
We have included many new faculty members whose training, perspectives, and experience have greatly enriched the UW Tacoma School of Education. I am really proud of my colleagues' dedication to building a thoughtful and culturally responsive for our pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as leaders. I am so surprised that we learned how to offer professional programs online. It is very challenging and exciting to develop engaging and hands-on teacher education courses remotely!
Q2. What do you most enjoy about being a faculty member in the now School of Education?
I enjoy working with our staff, who are here to support our work. Our staff colleagues are caring individuals with strong problem-solving skills. They are ready to brainstorm with me whenever I encounter difficult situations in my grant work, coursework, and research. I can hardly thank them enough for who they are and what they have done for me.
MEd Alumna Alicia Porter Speaks at Alumni Event
MEd alumna Alicia Porter was February 2023’s Featured UW Tacoma Alumni Speaker that intersected with Black History Month. She shared her dynamic experiences and insights as a Black educator, parent, and community leader.
Porter is a two-time alumna of UW Tacoma, earning her undergraduate degree in 2008 and her MEd in 2010. Her experience in teaching over 10 years has taken her through both the private and public sectors as an educator. Starting two new businesses this past year, she is also an entrepreneur.
While a student at UW Tacoma, she was involved in UW Tacoma’s Student Activities Board and was a member of the Black Student Union. She works with students as a club advisor for the Associated Student Body, Highly Capable Students, and the Black Student Union at the middle school level, and is also a member of the district Equity Team.
School of Education Co-Sponsors Panel of Asian American Scholars
The UW Tacoma School of Education and AAPI THRIVE Project co-sponsored a panel titled “Counter/Narratives: How Critical Asian American Scholars Disrupt Institutional Racism in Higher Education and Beyond” on March 7, 2023. Chancellor Sheila Edwards Lange welcomed the audience, and the event moderated by UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences faculty and AAPI THRIVE Project Co-PI Tanya Velasquez.
Rick Bonus, Chair and Professor of American Ethnic Studies, UW Seattle
Rachel Endo, Dean & Professor of the School of Education and Principal Investigator of the AAPI THRIVE Project, UW Tacoma
Kevin Roxas, Dean & Professor of the Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University
Eric Tang, Director of the Center for Asian American Studies and Associate Professor of African & African Diaspora Studies, UT-Austin
The panelists reflected on the diverse experiences, histories, and racial positioning of Asian/Americans in and out of higher education as our campus launched the AAPI THRIVE Project this academic year 2022-2023. The panelists also reflected on the genealogy of anti-Asian violence in relation to #BLM and other racial-justice movements, and ways that Asian/American scholars can disrupt institutional racism in higher education through equity-conscious advocacy, community engagement, pedagogies, and scholarship. A video of the panel discussion is located here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XHryZ-CWg
UW Tacoma Library Honors Belinda Louie
The UW Tacoma Library staff honored Belinda Louie, Professor and Founding Faculty of Education at UW Tacoma on April 24, 2023 for an event titled Empowering Students & Parents. The children’s area was made possible from generous donors like Louie and her family. To learn more about this historic donation, visit: https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/news/gift-brings-new-feature-library-childrens-area
Dean of Education, Rachel Endo gave remarks about Louie’s remarkable impact in our community and her scholarly contributions as an internationally recognized scholar of language and literacy education. Children guests in attendance helped Louie with the ribbon-cutting ceremony and took home a book of their choice.
Faculty, Staff, Student & Alumni Accomplishments
We are proud to spotlight the accomplishments of some of our amazing alumni/current students, faculty, and staff.
Julia Aguirre , Professor
2022 Latinx Legacy Award. Celebrando Comunidad: Latinx Celebration and Awards. University of Washington Tacoma.
Aguirre, J. M., Suh, J., Tate, H., Carlson, M. A., Fulton, E. A., Turner, E. E. (2022). Leveraging Equity and Civic Empathy through Community-Based Mathematical Modeling. In A. Lischka, E. Dyer, R. Jones, J. Lovett, J. Strayer & S. Drown (Eds). Proceedings of the forty-fourth annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 349-358). Murfreesboro, TN: Middle Tennessee State University.
Tate, H., Proffitt, T., Christensen, A., Hunter, C., Stratton, D., Fleshman, E., Aguirre, J., & Suh, J. (2022) Mathematizing Representation in Children’s Libraries: An Anti-Racist Math Unit in Elementary Grades. Teaching for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics – Special Issue: Anti-racism in Mathematics Education. TODOS:Mathematics For All.13(1), 23-40.
Aguirre, J.M. (2023) Meeting students' needs or not?: Examining dilemmas with tracking in PreK-12 math education. Keynote. Leadership Seminar. Teacher Development Group. Portland, OR. (March, 2023)
Aguirre, J. (2022) We are change agents: Community math modeling in grades K-5. Presentation at the annual California Math Council-South conference, Palm Springs, CA. (November, 2022)
Aguirre, J. (Author & Presenter), Suh, J. (Author & Presenter), Tate, H. (Author & Presenter), Turner, E. (Other), Carlson, M. A. (Discussant), Christensen, A. (Discussant), Franchino-Minami, M. (Discussant), Tingstad, T. (Discussant), Turton, R. (Discussant) (2022). Does our Library Reflect Me? Mathematizing Fairness of Children's Books. Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference. Virtual. (October, 2022).
Aguirre, J. & McVicar, E. (2022) Elementary Math Modeling for the Common Good. Annual Northwest Mathematics Conference. Tacoma, WA (October, 2022)
Aguirre J.M. & Mayfield-Ingram, K. (2022) Math(In)Justice: Rethinking the Relationship among Standards, Assessment, and Identities in K-12. Invited Session. Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Los Angeles, CA (September, 2022)
Kawena Begay, Assistant Professor
Tyre, A., Begay, K. K., Beaudoin, K. & Feuerborn, L. (2023). Understanding middle and high school student preferences for acknowledgements in the context of schoolwide PBIS. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth. https://doi.org/10.1080/1045988X.2023.2186339
Welsh, J. P., Munson, J., St. John, T., Meehan, C. N., Tran, E. N., Reitz, F., Begay, K. K., Dager, S. R., & Estes, A. M. (2023). Relationship of impairments in associative learning with intellectual disability and cerebellar hypoplasia in autistic children. Neurology, 100(6).https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000201496
Begay, K. K., Gabrielsen, T., & Cutrer, B. (2023, February). A whole new world: Autism in girls. Mini-skills presentation at the National Association of School Psychologists Convention 2022, Denver, Colorado.
Beaudoin, K. M., Begay, K. K., & Brobbey, G. (2022, November). Special Education Teacher Preparation Standards: Alignment with District Administrators’ Needs and Supports. Paper presentation at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference 2022, Richmond, Virginia.
Begay, K. (2023, January). Identifying autistic females: Nuanced presentations. Presented for TRIAD Autism, Vanderbilt University, TN. Virtual.
Begay, K. (2022, November). Shedding Light on Assessing Autism in Females. Presented at the Tennessee Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference. Virtual.
Rachel Endo, Professor & Dean
Endo, R., (75%), & Sheffer, D. (25%) (2023). Troubling the null curriculum in PK-12 and teacher education through a multiple-perspectives pedagogy: Critical reflections from equity-minded teacher educators. Journal of Education Controversy, 15(1), 1-30.
Chair for Reframing of status quo and inspirations for furthering conversations on research on the education of Asian Pacific Americans (04/2023). Roundtable session sponsored by the Research on the Education of Asian Pacific Americans Special Interest Group. American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.
Hartlep, N., & Endo, R. (02/2023). An AsianCrit inquiry on the status of current and former Asian/American leaders in educator preparation programs. American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN.
Endo is Principal Investigator of a recently funded grant from the US Department of Education titled Asian American and Pacific Islander THRIVE: Tacoma Husky Retention and Inclusive Vision of Excellence (2022-2027), a special initiative under the UW Tacoma Office of the Chancellor, to increase the first-time-in-college retention rates of Asian American students, Native Pacific Islander students, and students from low-income backgrounds across demographic lines. Endo is honored to serve on this project with Co-Principal Investigators in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Science, Cassie Miura and Tanya Velasquez. Learn more about the AAPI THRIVE Project:https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/news/project-aapi-thrive
Recipient, Asian Leadership Award, Profiles in Diversity Journal International (2023). Award is presented to leaders of Asian ancestry “who have blazed new trails, led the way, mentored others, advanced diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community, and excelled in their chosen fields.”
Recipient, Mary Anne Raywid Award, Society of Professors of Education (2023). Award “recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the study of education.”
Recipient, American Educational Research Association’s SIG 94 (Research on the Education of Asian Pacific Americans) Distinguished Researcher Award (2023). Award is presented “a scholar whose program of research has had a significant impact on our understanding of Asian Americans and/or Pacific Islanders and education.”
Tyre, A., Begay, K. K., Beaudoin, K., & Feuerborn, L. (in press). Adolescent preferences for acknowledgements. Preventing School Failure.
Feuerborn, L., Tyre, A., Beaudoin, K., & Zečević, M. (in press). Student perceptions of behavior and discipline: A PBIS survey for student voice. Preventing School Failure.
Feuerborn, L.L., Gueldner, B., Park, H.Y., & Wallace, C. (2023, February). Tracking SEL Implementation beyond Fidelity. Presentation for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Denver, CO.
Gueldner, B., Park, H.Y., Wallace, C., & Feuerborn, L. L. (2023, February). Precise and Useful Measurement and Reporting Practices in SEL Implementation. Presentation for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Denver, CO.
Feuerborn, L.L., & Beaudoin, K.M. (2023, March). Meaningfully engaging all students in culturally responsive PBIS implementation. California Technical Assistance Center on Positive Interventions and Supports (Cal TAC PBIS).
Tyre, A., & Feuerborn, L. L. (2022, October). Understanding and countering common misses in behavioral consultation with teams. Workshop presented at the Washington State Association of School Psychologists (WSASP). Seatac, WA.
Beaudoin, K. M., & Feuerborn, L. L. (2023). Project UNIFY: Understanding needs In families and youth. Office of Community Partnerships, UW Tacoma.
Kurt Hatch, Professor of Practice
Hatch, K. (2023). Leading for systems change [Keynote Presentation], Medical Lake School District Learning Improvement Day.
Hatch, K. (2023). Leadership for systems change: The interconnected systems framework and MTSS. Online presentation. Virginia State Department of Education
Hatch, K. (2023). Education must be centered on a love ethic [Keynote Presentation], Northwest Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports annual conference Portland, OR. Separately presented at the Northeast Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Leadership Forum, Mystic, CT.
Hatch, K. (2023). Back to class: School-wide discipline that supports mental and behavioral health. Northeast Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Leadership Forum [Breakout Session]. Mystic, CT. Separately presented at the Alaska Department of Education, live presentations in Anchorage, Sitka, and Nome, AK (2023, May).
Chris Knaus, Professor
Advisory Board, Africa Education Review.
Wilson*, K. O., Smith, M., & Knaus, C. B. (2023). Schools as Anti-Blackness: Globalising Black affirmation. Presented to the 11th Teacher Education and Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Swakopmund, Namibia.
Knaus, C. B. (2023). Decolonising decoloniality: Dismantling anti-Blackness in teacher education. Keynote Address. 11th Teacher Education and Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Swakopmund, Namibia.
Wilson*, K. O., Rogers-Ard, R., & Knaus, C. B. (2022). Black seeds on a burning Planet: Sustaining Black Educational leaders within anti-Black Institutions. Interactive Workshop on Understanding and Supporting Black Educational Leadership in K-12 Education. 12th Conference on Education and Social Justice, Virtual Conference.
Rogers-Ard, R., & Knaus, C. B. (2023). Why educational leadership ain’t educational: Castigating the wackness of Whiteness. Workshop presented to the Hawai’i International Conference on Education, Honolulu.
Knaus, C. B., & Rogers-Ard, R. (2023). Academy of rising educators partner alignment: Student voice across barriers. Seattle Public Schools, UW Seattle, Seattle Central College, North Seattle College, and City University.
Diuguid, L., & Knaus, C. B. (2022). Elevating educator voice when White supremacist violence is all around. NAME Fall Webinar Series: The Role of Educators Transforming the World, National Association for Multicultural Education.
Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, Associate Professor
Dr. Minthorn's application for promotion in faculty rank from associate professor to full professor was granted by UW on May 16, 2023 and will take effect on September 16, 2023. Promotion to full professor is a significant accomplishment, as it represents the highest faculty rank in academia. Congratulations, Dr. Minthorn!
Editorial Board Member, Journal of American Indian Education, 2022-2027.
Minthorn, R. Z., Silverhorn Wolfe, A., Youngbull, N., & Wagnon, J. (2023). Reconceptualizing Indigeneity within the fraternity/sorority community. Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.
Shotton, H. J., & Minthorn, R. Z. (2023 (2020)). Narratives of Indigenous women leaders: A tribal based approach. Wicazo Sa Review.
Minthorn, R. Z., & Craig, A. (2023). Embodying an Indigenous centered approach to mentorship in doctoral programs. In A. Wilkerson & S. Samuels (Eds.), Best practices and programmatic approaches for mentoring educational leaders. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Bill, D., Minthorn, R. Z., & Montgomery, M. (2022). Visioning Indigenous futures: Centering sovereignty and relationality in belonging. Education Sciences.
Bill, D., Montgomery, M., Minthorn, R. Z., Jimenez, E., Hales, D., Wopsock Pawwinnee, R., & Suina, J. (2023, April). Asserting sovereignty and self-determination through a tribally based doctoral cohort. American Educational Research Association (AERA): Chicago, IL.
Youngbull, N., Wagnon, J., & Minthorn, R. Z. (2023, April). Cultivating a connection to place and dreaming Indigenous futures through a Native American sisterhood's legacy. American Educational Research Association (AERA): Chicago, IL.
Minthorn, R. Z. (2023, January). Cultivating Indigenous spaces in higher education curriculum: Indigenizing Pedagogy Institute. Hawai’i International Conference on Education (HICE): Honolulu, HI.
Minthorn, R. Z., Youngbull, N., & Wagnon, J. (2023, January). Engaging with Indigenous founders and elders in building support systems for Native Women in higher Education. Hawai’i International Conference on Education (HICE): Honolulu, HI.
Minthorn, R. Z., Youngbull, N., Wagnon, J., & Silverhorn-Wolfe, A. (2022, November). “You have a home here”: Belongingness and creating legacy within a Native American sisterhood. Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE): Las Vegas, NV.
Minthorn, R. Z., Silverhorn-Wolfe, A., Wagnon, J., & Youngbull, N. (2022, October) Inspiring empowerment, leadership, and advocacy of Indigenous Women through a Native American sorority. National Indian Education Association (NIEA): Oklahoma City, OK.
Lees, A., Minthorn, R. Z., & Pewewardy, C. (2022, October). Unsettling settler colonial education: The transformational Indigenous praxis model. National Indian Education Association (NIEA): Oklahoma City, OK.
Bill, D., Minthorn, R. Z., Montgomery, M., Romero, J., Jimenez E., & Halcomb, M.(2022, October). Visioning Indigenous futures: Centering sovereignty and relationality in belonging. National Indian Education Association (NIEA): Oklahoma City, OK.
Minthorn, R.Z., Youngbull, N., & Reyes, N. (2022, September (Virtual). Weaving ancestral sensibilities with contemporary Indigenous academic identities: A communal narration about the study of and participation in U.S. higher education. World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE): Adelaide, Australia.
Pewewardy, C., Lees, A., & Minthorn, R. Z. (Invited Keynote) (2023, February). Unsettling settler colonial education: Transformational Indigenous praxis model. Whatcom County Library: Ferndale, WA.
Minthorn, R. Z. (Invited Opening Keynote) (2023, February). Cultivating heartwork that centers sovereignty and a Tribal Community consciousness. National ESEA Conference: Indianapolis, IN.
Pewewardy, C., Lees, A., & Minthorn, R. Z. (Invited Keynote) (2023, January). Unsettling settler colonial education: Transformational Indigenous praxis model. R16 Regional Comprehensive Center: Olympia, WA.
Minthorn, R. Z. (Invited Presentation) (2022, December (Virtual)). Indigenous perspectives and research methodologies, and community work. Southeastern Institute of Research Inc.: Richmond, VA.
Minthorn, R. Z. (Invited Keynote) (2022, November). Cultivating healing spaces in the academy: Harvesting Our medicine and ancestral connections. Association for the Study of Higher Education Council on Ethnic Participation Business Meeting: Las Vegas, NV.
Minthorn, R. Z. (Invited Panelist) (2022, November). Conversations with book authors: Writing for healing & joy. Association for the Study of Higher Education Council on Ethnic Participation Pre-Conference: Las Vegas, NV.
Minthorn, R. Z. (Invited Presenter) (2022, November (Virtual)). Indigenizing Pedagogy as an act of reclamation. Indigenous Pedagogy Virtual Academy: Red Lake Nation College.
Minthorn, R. Z. (Invited Panelist) (2022, October (Virtual)). First generation student panel. Native Forward Scholars Fund: Albuquerque, NM.
Minthorn, R. Z. (Invited Presenter). (2022, October (Virtual)). Engaging with heartwork that cultivates a Tribal Community consciousness. University of New Mexico Institute for American Indian Education: Albuquerque, NM.
Minthorn, R. Z., Palmanteer-Holder, L., & Smith, K. (Invited Panelist) (2022, October) Indigenizing your campus: Creating sustainable processes, Indigenizing the institution. Highline College: Des Moines, WA.
Minthorn, R. Z. (Invited Keynote) (2022, October (Virtual)). Decolonizing and Indigenizing spaces in education. Trinity University National Speaker Series: San Antonio, TX.
Indigenizing Pedagogy Institute. UW Diversity Council's Diversity Seed Grant. Amount awarded: $3,000. March 2023- September 2023.
José Rios, Associate Professor
Rios, J., & Baldwin, K. (2023, January). Preparing the next generation of STEM teachers: One implementation team’s priorities. Presentation at the annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.
Rios, J., & Baldwin, K. (2023, January). Diversifying the STEM teaching workforce: Partners and processes. Presentation at the annual international meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Salt Lake City, UT.
Geary, E., Rios, J., Baldwin, K., & Hadley, M. (2022, June). Collaborating to diversify the STEM teaching workforce in Washington State. Presentation and workshop at the AAAS/NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education National Summit, Washington, DC.
Dechaine-Berkas, J., Knapp, D., & Rios, J. (2022, June). Embracing equity with practice. Presentation at the annual UTeach Equity and Racial Justice Virtual Summit.
Rios, J., & Hadley, M. (2022, June). Diversifying the STEM teaching workforce: Tools and processes for your institution’s journey. Presentation and workshop at the Working Conference on Wicked Problems
Rios, J. (2023, March). Guiding the work: Examining diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM teacher education programs. Presentation at the annual ORATE Conference, Portland, OR.
Dechaine-Berkas, J., Rios, J., & Flores, S. (2022). Diversifying the STEM teaching workforce: A process and tools described through one institution’s journey. The Advance Journal, 3(2),https://doi.org/10.5399/osu/ADVJRNL.3.2.7.
Principal Investigator, (2022-2026). NSF Grant. Collaborative research: The next generation of equity-driven STEM teacher recruitment and preparation in Washington State (NextGen-WA II; $2,999,979; $361,000 – subaward).
Sankofa Waters, M. B., Williams, K., & Worthy, T. (04/2023). (Re)claiming praxis. Paper presented during the session, “We were bound before we were shackled”: (Re)membering our lives in Ghana, West Africa at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.
Giovanni, N., & Sankofa Waters, M. B. (2023). Renaissance rent party, with Dr. Nikki Giovanni in conversation with Dr. M. Billye Sankofa Waters. Invited conversation presented by Mary Baldwin College for Women, Women’s Leadership Week, Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, VA
Sankofa Waters, M. B. (2023). Liberated voices: Speaking back to the personal, political and professional. Invited discussion for Mary Baldwin College for Women, Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, VA.
Sankofa Waters, M. B. (2023). #BlackFolxAreRich community discussion. Invited discussion for the MAK BLAGIC Experience, The Connect Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Elizabeth Rangel, Academic Advisor/Recruitment & Retention Specialist
Rangel, E. (2023/01). It’s a grad thing. Presented for 1st Generation Initiatives. UW Tacoma.
Rangel, E. (04/2023). Statement of purpose. Presented for 1st Generation Initiatives. UW Tacoma.
ALUMNI & STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Ada McDaniel, EdD Muckleshoot Student
Ada McDaniel (Muckleshoot), a member of the inaugural EdD Muckleshoot cohort, was interviewed for a UW Tacoma feature story. We learn about her family’s histories and journeys intergenerationally. She will be the first in her family to earn a doctoral degree when she graduates this June 2023. To learn more, visit: https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/news/first-not-last.
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