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.

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

COE Faculty, Students Participate in 8th Cross-Border Conference

2018 Jalisco ConferenceIn May 2018 UNT faculty and doctoral students participated in the 8th Conference on Education and Culture co-hosted by UNT and the Secretariat of Education of the State of Jalisco, Mexico. The three-day conference, held at the Escuela Normal de Educadoras de Arandas in the city of Arandas, had “Educar sin Fronteras/Educate Without Borders” as its theme. Dean Randy Bomer of the UNT College of Education gave the keynote address titled “Education with a View of the Borderland.”

During the visit to Jalisco, the 12-member delegation also participated in meetings and events in Guadalajara, the state capital. These included a meeting with Francisco de Jesús Ayon López, Secretary of Education of the State of Jalisco, Teodomiro Pelayo Gómez, 
State Coordinator for the Preparation of Teachers, and other officials at the Secretariat of Education Headquarters as well as visits to the Federal Elementary School “Lazaro Cardenas del Rio” and the Subire Business School. While in Jalisco, several members of the delegation also collaborated with Jalisco colleagues on research projects focused on teacher preparation, transnational youth, and educational leadership. Joining the group was UNT Professor Emeritus Ron Wilhelm, who now leads initiatives for the Organization for the Development of Indigenous Maya in Guatemala.

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