UNT Higher Education grad candidates, alum to receive research grant

University of North Texas Higher Education Program alumna Catherine Olivares and doctoral candidates Nick Tapia-Fuselier and Kelsey Kunkle were recently recognized for receiving a $1,000 research grant for their proposed study involving undocumented students.

Master’s student Shelby Todd also represented UNT’s College of Education during the June 10-13 NASPA Region III Summer Symposium in New Orleans. Todd serves as the Graduate Student Representative on the NASPA Region 3 Board. She was active in this role during the Symposium by serving on a panel during Pathways to the Profession Pre-Conference and by coordinating a graduate student lunch.

Tapia-Fuselier, Kunkle, and Olivares will use the grant for their proposed study — Investigating Student Affairs Professionals’ Knowledge, Awareness, and Skills in Supporting Undocumented/DACAmented Students.

NASPA, formerly the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Its work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and eight U.S. territories.

The Higher Education Program is part of UNT’s College of Education. Its mission is to improve education and promote human development by providing learners with academic experiences and diverse perspectives which challenge their creativity and intellect and integrate knowledge, professional competence, experience, and imagination to develop researchers and practitioners who serve as effective leaders in institutions of higher education.

Todd and Tapia-Fuselier
Photo: Shelby Todd, left, and Nick Tapia-Fuselier attend the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium in New Orleans.