Gretchen Lopez, Ph.D. is Director of the Intergroup Dialogue Program at Syracuse University, Assistant Professor in Cultural Foundations of Education in the School of Education and associated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. In addition to teaching EDU 781 yearly, she teaches CFE 640 – Inequality & Intergroup Relations in Education and leads the teaching team for SOC/WGS 230 & CFE 200 – Intergroup Dialogue.
Her research examines race, gender, and class in higher education with a focus on critical multicultural education, social justice education, and feminist pedagogy. More recently, this work has developed towards studying these issues, practices, and implications at earlier levels of education.
She completed her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Michigan; and B.A. (Psychology) at Cornell University. In addition to teaching at Syracuse University, she has taught courses at Colgate University and the University of Michigan.
Graduate Students at Syracuse University
- Reba Y. Hodge, doctoral student in Reading and Language Arts
- Leonard (Lenny) Kamau, doctoral student in Mathematics Education
- Theresa Neddo, doctoral student in Teaching & Curriculum
- Yvonne Perez, doctoral student in Cultural Foundations of Education
- Jermaine Soto, doctoral student in Cultural Foundations of Education
- Carolyn Salter, doctoral student in Cultural Foundations of Education. Carolyn also serves as the Coordinator of International Education at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and as an instructor in Syracuse University’s Intergroup Dialogue program co-facilitating and developing curriculum for the SOC/WGS 230 dialogues on sexual orientation and race and ethnicity. She holds a Master’s degree in communication with a focus on issues related to culture, identity, and (in)tolerance and continues to study these issues along with social justice education in her doctoral program.
- Dan Cutler, doctoral student in Higher Education. Dan also serves as the Director of Learning Communities through the Office of Residential Life at Syracuse University, where he has worked since 2001.
- dené granger, doctoral student in Cultural Foundations of Education and Disability Studies. For more of her written work, visit Disability Studies Quarterly (2010) for a recently published article, “A Tribute To My Dyslexic Body, As I Travel In The Form Of A Ghost.”
- Lauren Jetty, doctoral student in Science Education
- Rebecca Page Johnson, doctoral student in Cultural Foundations of Education
- A. Wendy Nastasi, doctoral student in Cultural Foundations of Education. Wendy is an Intergroup Dialogue instructor; she co-facilitates a course focusing on race and ethnicity. She is also a Regional PAGE Director with Imagining America. For a sample of her written work, visit Equity and Excellence in Education (2012) for the forthcoming article, “Writing the Divide: High School Students Crossing Urban-Suburban Contexts.”
- Laura Reeder, doctoral student in Teaching and Leadership and Art Education. Her research addresses social-educational issues around creativity and imagination in learning. She has recently completed five years as an associate editor for Teaching Artist Journal and ten years as founding Executive Director of Partners for Arts Education. She has served nationally as a PAGE Fellow with Imagining America, Education Council member with Americans for the Arts, and locally as President of the Arts and Culture Leadership Alliance. Laura will continue her work this year as curriculum specialist with Seymour Dual Language Academy “Seymourofus” initiative and with Eastern Suffolk BOCES and US Department of Education “C3” study.
- Lauren Shallish, doctoral student in Cultural Foundations of Education and Disability Studies. She currently serves as the graduate assistant for the Dean of the School of Education on the Nottingham Early College High School project and as a qualitative research assistant for Columbia University’s Center on Institutional and Social Change. Prior to Syracuse University, she worked as Chief of Staff to the President at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She completed her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature, Political Science and Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.
- Ellen Smith, doctoral student in Higher Education. Ellen is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Utica College, where she teaches introductory nursing theory and concepts, as well as community health nursing. Ellen is interested in the academic experiences of baccalaureate nursing students from diverse backgrounds that enhance academic and professional success.
- Jessica K. Bacon, doctoral candidate in Special Education. Jessica received her master’s in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University and her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and sociology from the College of Wooster. Jessica’s research interests include: the self-advocacy movement, parent advocacy in special education, self-determination practices, and how standards based reforms effect special and inclusive education.
- Thomas Bull, doctoral student in Special Education. Thomas Bull is the Mid-States Regional Field Facilitator for the New York State S3TAIR project. He taught for 20 years in the Liverpool Central School District as a member of inclusive teams in grades K-6. He worked with parents and students to create an award winning inclusive summer program called Summer Shenanigans. Thomas has presented with teams of advocates and educators at workshops and conferences throughout the United States and Europe, and his research focuses on working with teachers and parents in facilitating the creation of inclusive school programs as well as inclusive school reform.
- Deborah Capri, doctoral student in Higher Education
- Danielle Cowley, doctoral student in Teaching and Leadership
- Fernanda Tebexreni Orsati, doctoral student in Teaching and Leadership
- Yasmin Ortiga, doctoral student in Cultural Foundations of Education. Yasmin is currently a PhD student in the Sociology Department of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Before coming to Syracuse University, she worked as a field researcher for organizations like the University of the Philippines Program on Psychosocial Trauma and the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Her dissertation project investigates the role of Philippine colleges and universities in the deployment of Filipino overseas workers.