2018 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the ASHE Grads 2018 Scholarship recipients:  Raven K. Cokley, Jared Colston, Daniel Corral, Briseida Elenes , Maureen A. Flint, Lisa Kaler, Dianey R. Leal, Naomi W. Nishi, Cinthya Salazar, Chaunté White, and Annie Wofford. Learn more about our winners here:

Raven K. Cokley, M.Ed., NCC, is a third-year doctoral candidate in Counselor Education at the University of Georgia. Originally from Sarasota, FL, she received her B.S in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and her M.Ed. in Professional Community Counseling from the University of Georgia. Raven is a nationally board-certified counselor, with clinical experiences in P-20 settings, including charter/public schools and college counseling centers. Raven is a McNair Scholar alum and a 2018-2019 NBCC Minority Doctoral Fellow, awarded for her commitment to providing access to mental health services for members of underserved communities. Her research interests include experiences of giftedness among Black girls from lower-income families.Raven Cokley

Jared ColstonJared Colston is a Doctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison whose primary interest is in the sociology of work and professionalization and how it relates to higher education institutions. To this end, he pursues educational policy to provide a legislative foundation for change and equity. He conducts research on how higher education influences labor markets, as well as how traditional labor and economic theoretical frameworks such as Marxism and Neo-Liberalism impact student choice in higher education. He also investigates questions in the economics of higher education and social diversity regarding student access.

Danny Corral

Daniel Corral is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also an Institute for Education Sciences Predoctoral Fellow at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. His research focuses on racial inequality in higher education

Briseida ElenesBriseida Elenes is a PhD student in Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego where she serves as an adviser and lecturer for the Leadership Studies minor program. Briseida’s research agenda pertains to the critical examination of the educational pathways of Latinx students, administration, and faculty. Her approach aims to foreground Chicanx/Latinx perspectives in educational environments, contextualizing the sociopolitical, cultural, and gendered aspects of postsecondary education, administration, and policy. She recently conducted a case study on Latina community college administrative leadership utilizing a Chicana feminist approach, unveiling the nuanced leadership pathways of mujeres in the Southwest.

Maureen FlintMaureen A. Flint is a PhD candidate in Educational Research with a specialization in Qualitative Methodologies at the University of Alabama. With a background in student affairs and student leadership development, she has worked in a variety of capacities in higher education including residential life, student unions, and intercultural engagement. Maureen holds a BFA from Pratt Institute in fashion design, and a MA in higher education administration from the University of Alabama. Her dissertation incorporates artful methodologies to explore how college students navigate the socio-historical context of race on a college campus through a critical materialist framework.

Lisa Kaler studies higher education in the department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota. Her primary research interest is critically examining the experiences of college students whose disclosure of suicidal ideation/behavior elicits an intervention from their college or university. She would like to better understand how these interactions affect students and how traditional campus suicide intervention programs account for external factors, other than mental illness, that contribute to suicidal ideation and behavior among students. Lisa is the mother of a toddler, a lover of Spanish Water Dogs, a runner, and an aerial dance enthusiast.

Dianey LealDianey R. Leal is a second-year doctoral student at Michigan State University where she is currently earning two doctoral degrees in Chicano/Latino Studies and Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. Dianey currently holds a Graduate Assistantship with the Department of Educational Administration and conducts research on student college access. Her research interests include student enrollment and persistence in higher education and the role of epistemological and institutional injustices on the access, success, and advancement of students. Dianey received her B.A. in political science and English writing from Saint Edward’s University and holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Texas A&M University.

Naomi NishiNaomi W. Nishi is a Motherscholar of two small children and a PhD Candidate in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. Naomi’s research includes Critical Whiteness Studies (CWS) and Critical Race Theoretical (CRT) applications in higher education (with over a decade of professional higher education experience). Naomi’s dissertation uses CWS and CRT to examine whiteness and its impact on students of color through portraiture in college algebra. She holds an MA from the University of Denver and a BS from Michigan Technological University.

Cinthya Salazar

Cinthya Salazar is Ph.D. candidate in the Student Affairs concentration at the University of Maryland College Park, and has over eight years of professional experience in higher education. During the last three years, Cinthya has worked in several qualitative research projects that have examined the experiences of students and professionals of color in higher education. Cinthya’ dissertation focuses on the persistence of undocumented college students in Virginia, and her broader research interests centered in the college access and retention of minoritized student populations.

Chaunte' WhiteChaunté White is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Houston (UH). Chaunté’s research interests center on issues related to student success and equity among Black students in higher education. Her current work uses mixed methods to examine the relationship between state-level strategic plan goals for higher education and institution-level initiatives aimed at increasing degree attainment among Black adults. Chauntè is also a graduate research fellow and works with UH’s Graduate College of Social Work to examine the effectiveness of a federal grant funded program aimed at increasing graduate degree attainment among students underrepresented in the field of behavioral health.

Annie Wofford is a second year Ph.D. student in Higher Education and Organizational Change at the University of California, Los Angeles and works with Dr. Linda Sax. She also serves as a Research Analyst for UCLA BRAID Research, studying the representation of women and Students of Color in computing. Previously, Annie has worked professionally in graduate medical admissions and has been highly involved in health education and student affairs organizations. Cumulatively, these experiences have greatly influenced her research interests in the pipeline to and through graduate school in STEM and equity in STEM, at large.annie-wofford.jpg

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