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Student Spotlight: Nkemka Anyiwo

Nkemka did a lot of work in youth community organizations over a number of years and through those experiences, she recognized that so many people have intentions of what they want to do with the kids they support but don’t have the research foundation to ground programs. “Community based organizations would benefit from others who can investigate processes and who care about community engagement research. I felt like I could do that, and my research exposure had me realize the connections between community work and the research I was doing.”

Student Spotlight: Amy Westmoreland

Amy’s dissertation looks at diversity in the workplace and how racial stereotypes influence chances for upward mobility. She particularly focuses on Asian Americans and the model minority myth that portrays Asian Americans as competent and smart but lacking social skills, stereotyping them as fit for jobs that require competence and technical expertise but unfit for jobs that require leadership skills.

Student Spotlight: Brandon Patterson

Before coming to U-M for his dual Master’s degrees, Brandon worked in international education at his alma mater, The University of Utah. He worked for the International Center advising students on immigration regulations. It was through building close relationships with international students that he began seeing how students connected to content– often digitally. “I saw these connections being made by students with online resources. They were connecting to higher education through technology first. I wanted to bring this thread into my work.”

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