Democracy’s College Podcast

Democracy’s College: Research and Leadership in Educational Equity, Justice, and Excellence is a monthly podcast that focuses on P-20 education pathways with a focus on research and leadership that promotes educational equity, justice, and excellence for all students. This podcast is a product of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership or OCCRL at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Elvira Abrica

Dr. Elvira Abrica

The Lived Experiences of Immigrant, Migrant, and Multicultural Populations in Postsecondary Education

Episode 24, November 19, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Heather L. Fox at OCCRL talks with Dr. Elvira Abrica, assistant professor of higher education and organizational change at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, about the lived experiences of immigrant, migrant, and multicultural populations in postsecondary education. 

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James Felton II and Michelé Smith

James Felton II and Michelé Smith

Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Episodes 22 & 23, October 16, 2018

This two-part series features Chaddrick Gallaway from OCCRL talking with James Felton III, chief diversity officer at SUNY Cortland, and Michelé Smith, associate provost and special assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion at William Rainey Harper College, about chief diversity officers in higher education.

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Dr. Tatiana Melguizo

Dr. Tatiana Melguizo

Equity-Minded Approaches to Mathematics Education

Episode 21, August 21, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Vilma Mesa, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, talks with Dr. Tatiana Melguizo, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, about equity-minded approaches to mathematics education.

 

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Amelia-Parnell

Dr. Amelia Parnell

Student Affairs Strategies for Supporting Diverse Community College Collegians

Episode 20, July 30, 2018

In this episode, Francena Turner from OCCRL talks with Dr. Amelia Parnell, the Vice President for Research and Policy at NASPA, about strategies that student affairs professionals can engage in to support diverse community college collegians.

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Dr. Z Nicolazzo

Dr. Z Nicolazzo

Supporting Trans Collegians

Episode 19, June 13, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher from OCCRL talks with Dr. Z Nicolazzo, an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Counseling Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Nicolazzo's research has centered on college student development, post-secondary access, diversity, equity, and culture. In particular, Dr. Nicolazzo is an expert on trans collegians, with particular emphasis on trans student resilience and kinship building.

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Bronx Community College’s Democracy Project

Episode 18, May 7, 2018

In this episode, Fredrick Douglass Dixon from OCCRL talks with Dr. Mara Lazda, Professor of History, and Dr. Lisa Amowitz, Professor of Art and Music, about Bronx Community College's Democracy Project.

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Dra. Aurora Chang

Dra. Aurora Chang

Undocumented Students’ Identity and Hyperdocumentation

Episode 17, April 19, 2018

In this episode, Angel Velez from OCCRL talks with Dra. Aurora Chang, assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago, about undocumented students’ identity and hyperdocumentation.

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Dr. Jennifer Banks

Dr. Jennifer Banks

Responsive Mathematics Pedagogy

Episode 16, March 14, 2018

In this episode, Chauntee Thrill, from OCCRL, talks with Dr. Jennifer Banks, Coordinator of Mathematics and Science at Washtenaw Intermediate School District, about responsive mathematics pedagogy.

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Where to Start: How Community Colleges Can Scale Up Their Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Episode 15, February 15, 2018

The purpose of the episode is to bring together community colleges and other partners who are working to scale up their registered apprenticeships. This informative panel includes Matthew Feuerborn, the Dean of Career Technologies Division at Kishwaukee College, Dr. Rebecca Lake, the Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at William Rainey Harper College, Dr. Henry Bohleke, the Dean of The School of Business and Technology at Triton College, and Joshua Seeberg, the Midwest Manager of the German American Chamber of Commerce’s Skills Initiative. The panel was hosted by Dr. Anjale Welton and Devean Owens.

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Dr. George Reese

Dr. George Reese

Equity in Mathematics Education

Episode 14, January 17, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher from OCCRL talks with Dr. George Reese, the director of Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, about equity in mathematics education. 

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José Ángel N.

José Ángel N.

The Experiences of Undocumented Immigrants Who Navigate Into and Through Higher Education

Episode 13, December 13, 2017

In this episode HyeJin Yeo from OCCRL talks with José Ángel N. the author of Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant about the experiences of undocumented immigrants who navigate into and through higher education.

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Dr. Gina A. Garcia

Dr. Gina A. Garcia

Retention, Success, and Identity Development of Latina/Latino College Students and the Role of Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Episode 12, November 21, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher from OCCRL talks with Dr. Gina A. Garcia, an assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

Policy Trends and Resources that Support Adult Learners

Episode 11, October 17, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Anjalé Welton from OCCRL talks with Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, the Director of Upskilling Policy at the National Skills Coalition, about policy trends and resources that support adult learners.

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Dr. Dimitra Jackson Smith

Dr. Dimitra Jackson Smith

Diversity in STEM

Episode 10, September 10, 2017

In this episode, Edmund Graham III, from OCCRL, talks to Dr. Dimitra Jackson Smith, an assistant professor for Higher Education at Texas Tech University, about diversity in STEM.

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Leslie Daugherty

Leslie Daugherty

The Potential of Reverse Transfer Initiatives to Address Inequity in Higher Education

Episode 9, August 15, 2017

In this episode, Marci Rockey, from OCCRL talks to Leslie Daugherty, Transfer Coordinator at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, about the potential reverse transfer initiatives to address inequity in higher education.

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Dr. Helen Burn

Dr. Helen Burn

Equity-Minded Approaches to Mathematics Education

Episode 8, July 19, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Heather Fox from OCCRL talks with Dr. Helen Burn, a mathematics professor and Director of the Curriculum Research Group at Highland College, about equity-minded approaches to mathematics education.

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View Dr. Burn's curriculum vitae and visit the Transitioning Learners to Calculus in Community Colleges website to learn more about this topic.

Dr. Linda C. Tillman

Dr. Linda C. Tillman

Cultivating the Gifts and Talents of Faculty of Color

Episode 7, July 19, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Anjalé Welton from OCCRL talks with Dr. Linda C. Tillman, Professor Emerita of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about cultivating the gifts and talents of faculty of color.

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Learn more about this topic. Watch the lecture presented by Dr. Tillman as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Additional publications and resources on this topic can be found on Dr. Tillman's Vita.  

Dr. Stephen John Quaye

Dr. Stephen John Quaye

Scholar Activism and Self-Care

Episode 6, June 15, 2017

In this episode, Chaddrick Gallaway from OCCRL talks with Dr. Stephen John Quaye, an associate professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Miami University in Ohio, about scholar activism and self-care.

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Learn more about this topic. Watch the lecture presented by Dr. Quaye as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Additional publications and resources on this topic can be found on Dr. Stephen John Quaye’s academic profile.

Dr. Pamela Eddy

Dr. Pamela Eddy

Advancing Equity and Diversity in Higher Education Leadership

Episode 5, June 15, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Heather Fox from OCCRL talks with Dr. Pamela Eddy, a professor in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership at the College of William and Mary, about advancing equity and diversity in higher education leadership.

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Learn more about this topic. Watch the lecture presented by Dr. Eddy as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Additional publications and resources on this topic can be found on Dr. Pamela Eddy’s academic profile.

Dr. Lori Patton Davis

Dr. Lori Patton Davis

Engaging Black Women in Institutional Transformation in Education

Episode 4, May 23, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher from OCCRL will talk with Dr. Lori Patton Davis, a professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University, about engaging Black women in institutional transformation in education.

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Learn more about this topic. Watch the lecture presented by Dr. Davis as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Additional publications and resources on this topic can be found on Dr. Lori Patton Davis’ academic profile.

Dr. Michelle M. Espiño Lira

Dr. Michelle M. Espiño Lira

Educational Achievement and Outcomes along the Academic Life-Course of Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Episode 3, May 22, 2017

In this episode, Angel Luis Velez, a research assistant at OCCRL, talks with Dr. Michelle M. Espiño Lira, an associate professor of Higher Education at University of Maryland, College Park, on understanding community context and institutional responses associated with educational achievement and outcomes along the academic life-course of racial and ethnic minorities.

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Learn more about this topic. Watch the lecture presented by Dr. Lira as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Additional publications and resources on this topic can be found on Dr. Michelle M. Espiño Lira’s profile.

Dr. Dian Squire

Dr. Dian Squire

Reframing Racial Equity

Episode 2, April 17, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher interviews Dr. Dian Squire, a visiting assistant professor at Iowa State University, about reframing racial justice.

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Learn more about this topic. Watch the lecture presented by Dr. Squire as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Additional publications and resources on this topic can be found on Dr. Dian Squire's academic profile. Additional sources for information on the topic as recommended by Dr. Squire include: 

Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart

Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart

Racial Equity and Justice in Educational Settings

Episode 1, April 17, 2017

In this episode Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher interviews Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart a professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University about racial equity and justice in educational settings.

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Learn more about this topic. Watch the lecture presented by Dr. Stewart as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Additional publications and resources on this topic can be found on Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart's academic profile