Ademola Akinrinola ›

Ademola Akinrinola is a doctoral student in the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Department. His research interests include equity and access to quality education by minoritized, working-class students, politics of education, K-12 school improvement, international education, education as a tool for attaining socioeconomic equality (especially in Sub-Saharan Africa). After graduation, Ademola plans to work as  faculty, where he can deploy his scholarship to advocate for equitable access to quality education for all children.

Carrie Allen ›

Carrie Allen is a doctoral candidate in the ´╗┐Education Policy, Organization and Leadership department's Higher Education program. She is a teaching assistant in the College of Liberal Arts & Science's First Year Experience Program and a research assistant in the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning. Her dissertation research focuses on the social identity development of undergraduate diversity instructors, and her other areas of interest include first-year student transitions, program evaluation, and learning outcomes assessment. After earning her Ph.D. she hopes to continue to conduct research aimed at advancing best practices for improving both academic and developmental outcomes for undergraduate students. 


Jari Minnett ›

Jari Minnett is a second-year doctoral student in the Higher Education concentration in the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership's department. Her research interests are Black student activism and student identity formation. Upon graduation, Jari plans to enter the professorate or a role in which she can assist students from underrepresented backgrounds with matriculation to, persistence through, and graduation from college.

Karie Brown-Tess ›

Karie Brown-Tess has taught in math classrooms in Florida and in Illinois and is currently pursuing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction emphasizing in mathematics and agency. Over the summer she teaches a class at Parkland College on sewing circuitry, while in the semester has worked with local students through various community math and science clubs such as Future City and IMATHS. Karie currently volunteers as a NAH Committee Member, reviewer for NCTM and AERA, and serves as a mentor at the university and in a local elementary.