Megan Segoshi is a third year Ph.D. student in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. She obtained her M.S.W. from The University of Georgia in 2012 and a B.A. in Sociology from The University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010. She also worked as a coordinator in Multicultural Affairs at The University of Georgia before moving to Chicago in 2014. Her research interests include equity and inclusion in higher education policy, affirmative action, and Asian Americans in higher education. She enjoys exploring the city of Chicago, going to museums, cooking, politics, and spending time with her kitty, Nova.
Hiram Ramirez, Managing Editor
Hiram is a third year Ph.D. student in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Previously, he was the Interim Director of Campus Life and Student Engagement for the Center of Student Engagement at Agnes Scott College. He received both his M.A. in Student Affairs: Curriculum and Instruction and B.A. in Philosophy and International Studies at the University of South Florida. His research interests include women's colleges, masculinity, Latino identity development, machismo, and coalition building.
Curtis Main, Layout Editor, E-mail
Curtis is Web Content Developer for the Division of Student Development in the Office of the Vice President at Loyola University Chicago. Curtis loves everything tech, graphic design, and justice related, receiving their MA in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola, while currently finishing their MS in Computer Science from Loyola. While Curtis’ career is being built in Chicago, their heart lies in NC, where they grew up and graduated from UNC- Chapel Hill. Curtis’ interests include social justice in increasingly digital ways, such as through JCSHESA and BROAD magazine.
Joliana is a second year Ph.D student in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Joliana transitioned from the University of Connecticut where she worked as a Residence Hall Director for Residence Education. Joliana received her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Miami University. Her research interests are centered on Asian and Asian American students, identity development, social justice activism as well as the internationalization of higher education.
Brie Griffin, Associate Editor
Brie is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago. For the past three years, Brie has worked as a researcher for Loyola's School of Education, focusing on educational disparities in Chicago Public Schools. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.S.W., both from the University of Minnesota. Brie has served as a JCSHESA reviewer for two years. This is her first year in an editorial role.
Cobretti Williams, Associate Editor
MCobretti is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education program at Loyola Chicago. He received his B.S. in Finance from Florida State University and M.A. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. His research interests include activism and protest culture in higher education with specific emphasis on queer women and people of color identities. This will be his first year with JCSHESA and he is excited to serve in this capacity!
Natasha Turman, Associate Editor
Natasha is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Higher Education program at Loyola University Chicago. As an African American woman scholar who employs various schools of critical thought to inform her research, Natasha’s research interests involve exploring higher education from a gendered perspective. Specifically, her research examines how Women of Color (WOC) are affected by the higher education environment, how her identity as a WOC impacts outcomes, and how to navigate the many spheres of society with a conscious awareness of the status women and People of Color play throughout those spheres. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Natasha worked in a variety of functional areas within higher education including student activities, residential life, and multicultural affairs. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from Spelman College, a historically Black all-women’s college, and a M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Old Dominion University.
Lydia Craig, Editorial Assistant
Lydia Craig is a second year Ph.D. student in English at Loyola University Chicago, specializing in Victorian Studies. She also holds an M.A. in English from Loyola with a concentration in Early Modern drama and a B.A. in English and History from the University of Georgia. Craig’s research interests include analyzing literary depictions of and societal reactions to various kinds of social climbers from the Early Modern to the late Victorian period. She volunteers as a social media/writing intern at the Chicago Metro History Education Center and currently guest blogs for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of the Shakespeare400 Project.
Christian Hightower, Editorial Assistant
Christian Hightower is a forward thinking, innovative education professional who seeks ways to inspire and maximize the development of others while also creating sustainable solutions to complex problems that result in personal and group excellence. Christian is pursuing his Master’s degree in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. He received his B.A. in Public Administration with a minor in Rhetoric/Writing from Miami University of Ohio. He is currently an Assistant Resident Director in the Department of Residence Life at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to attending Loyola, Christian served as the Recruitment and Partnership Coordinator for the Steppingstone Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops and implements programs that prepare underserved students for educational opportunities that lead to college success. His emerging research interests are centered on access, opportunity and self-efficacy among African American youth within higher education.
Chelsea Metivier, Editorial Assistant
Chelsea is a second year Master's student in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Currently, she also serves as an Assistant Resident Director for Loyola's Department of Residence Life. Before moving to Chicago, Chelsea did college access work in Washington, DC. First, through completing an AmeriCorps VISTA service year at an education non-profit, and then as an undergraduate admissions officer at Georgetown University. Chelsea's research interests include college access, retention, and success, as well as undergraduate admissions policies and counselor training, especially as it relates to cultural competency training for admissions staff.
Caressa Nguyen, Editorial Assistant
Caressa is a second year Master's student in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. She currently serves as an Assistant Resident Director within Loyola's Department of Residence Life. She has a B.A. in Human Development and B.A. in International Studies from UC San Diego. Her current research interests center around outreach, retention, and identity development of former foster youth and other underrepresented populations in higher education, such as first-generation students and students of color.
Esperanza Salgado-Rodriguez, Editorial Assistant
Esperanza Salgado-Rodriguez is a second year graduate student earning her Master's in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. She is currently the Graduate Assistant for Loyola’s Student Services-Hub. In her role at the Hub, Esperanza advises students and parents on financial aid, account and bursar matters, and works with student workers. Prior to graduate school, Esperanza was the Director of Education and Leadership Programming at Corazon Community Services in Cicero, IL. She received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish at Northwestern University. Her research interests include access, diversity and inclusion, leadership, and the higher education experience of Latinx college students. Esperanza enjoys spending time with her family and her little dog Oso.
Plamena Daskalova, Editorial Assistant
Plamena is a Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Currently, she is also an intern at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, a non-profit organization that provides therapy services to individuals with severe mental illness. She got her B.S. in Psychology and her M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Loyola University, and is excited to continue her studies at the university. Plamena's research interests include looking at the career development of women and immigrants, in addition to exploring interventions that facilitate positive vocational outcomes for urban youth and young adults.
Jim Neumeister, Editorial Assistant
Jim is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Loyola University Chicago. Most recently he served as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution at Northwestern University. He holds a law degree from the University of Notre Dame, a masters degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, and a bachelors degree from the University of Virginia. His research interests focus on how institutions of higher education exercise power over students, particularly through conduct systems, and students of mixed race and heritage.
Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly, Journal Advisor
Advisory Council (2014-2017)
Dian is a Ph.D candidate in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Previously he was the Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs and the Coordinator of The One Project--a first year experience program for LGBTQA students--at the University of Maryland College Park. He received his B.S. in Secondary English Education at Florida State University and his M.A. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies with a concentration in Higher Education at the University of Maryland College Park. His research interests include diversity,equity, and justice in graduate education.
Jenny Betz, GLSEN, Twitter
Jenny Betz is the Senior Education Manager at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) where she develops resources and professional development for K-12 educators across the US to make schools safer and more respectful for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Before joining GLSEN, Jenny worked for the Anti-Defamation League, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and Ally Action, providing anti-bias training, educational programming and community events designed to give schools and communities the tools to create bias-free environments. Jenny is also a Board Member of the International Bullying Prevention Association. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from St. Mary's College and her Master's Degree in Gender/Cultural Studies from Simmons College.
Raja Gopal Bhattar, University of California Los Angeles, Twitter
Raja Bhattar is a community organizer, social justice educator, speaker and author. He currently serves as the director of the LGBT Campus Resource Center at UCLA and has previously worked at the University of Vermont, Champlain College, Semester at Sea, and the University of Redlands in various positions focusing on diversity and social justice initiatives. He holds a Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont (Burlington, VT) and completed his Bachelors in Psychology and Spanish Literature at Boston University (Boston, MA). Raja is a regular presenter and national leader on LGBT policy and advocacy. He has been featured in India Abroad, the Advocate, Huffington Post, and other publications.
Laura M. Bohorquez, United We Dream Network
Laura was born in Mexico City, moved to the U.S. at the age of 4, and was raised in Brewster, Washington, a small rural agricultural town in Washington State. Growing up Bohorquez joined her parents in immigrant rights rallies and in the packing sheds where she and her community worked. Laura is a recent first generation graduate from Loyola University Chicago's School of Education. At Loyola she served as the graduate assistant for the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs where she piloted the Safe Space and Ally Training Initiative for Undocumented Students. Prior to graduate school, Laura co-created the Raza Latina Studies Minor at WWU and graduated as the "Outstanding Graduate from the American Cultural Studies Department. Laura's commitment towards the educational equity, respect, and dignity for immigrant communities continues to fuel her trajectory to change the policy and practices that influence the lives of immigrant communities.
Erik Glenn, Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus, Twitter
With over eight years in the HIV/AIDS field, Erik has dedicated his career to the cause, supporting his friends, family, and community members affected by the HIV epidemic. Today, he works as Program Manager for the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus where he leads the agency' s three-tier strategy of HIV Prevention, Community & Leadership Development, and Advocacy. Erik is a recent graduate of University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration.
Ramona Gupta, Columbia College Chicago, Twitter
Ramona Gupta is the Coordinator of Asian American Cultural Affairs at Columbia College Chicago, where she serves as advisor to the Asian Student Organization, Muslim Student Association, and One Tribe. She is also the advisor for the One Tribe Scholars program, a student social justice leadership initiative focused on multiculturalism and inclusion. A community educator and activist, she previously worked and volunteered with a number of nonprofits focused on education and/or the Asian Pacific American community in Chicago. Ramona received bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University. She currently serves on the core organizing team of the South Asian Progressive Action Collective (SAPAC), a volunteer-run collective that strives to raise a South Asian voice for justice and equality. She welcomes ALL opportunities to connect and work toward justice together.
Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly, Loyola University Chicago
Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly is Associate Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Kelly's scholarship is focused on marginalized populations in higher education; more specifically, she studies the experiences of students of color on predominantly White campuses, women and faculty of color at research universities, and how all students can become multiculturally competent educators. She has authored articles in peer-refereed journals of high national reputation and also presented numerous refereed papers at national conferences. She was a 2013 Diamond Honoree for College Student Educators International (ACPA), awarded the NASPA IV-East Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching in 2011, recognized as an Emerging Scholar by the ACPA in 2005, and received the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award in 2004 from the Office on Women in Higher Education, a division of the American Council on Education.
Dr. Chris Linder, University of Georgia, Twitter
Dr. Linder's research and teaching interests include creating and maintaining inclusive campus environments. Her previous work has explored race in graduate and undergraduate classrooms and the intersections of race and gender in activist spaces on campuses. Currently, she is engaged in a research project exploring undergraduate women's attempts to navigate multiple contradictory messages about gender through an intersectional lens.
Dr. Christa Porter, Michigan State University, Twitter
Dr. Christa J. Porter is a Fixed Term Assistant Professor in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) and Coordinator of the Student Affairs Administration Masters program at Michigan State University. Her research interests consist of the socialization processes, achievement, and identity development of Blacks throughout the educational pipeline, with a particular focus on Black undergraduate women. Dr. Porter received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services and an Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Studies Certificate at the University of Georgia.
Kamaria Porter, University of Michigan, Twitter
Kamaria B. Porter is a doctoral student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with B.A. in History with a concentration of US Labor History, she worked as a community organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation. Focusing on increasing affordable housing and health care access, she recruited and trained leaders from religious institutions to build local campaigns, organize public assemblies, and launch non-partisan electoral efforts. At Loyola University Chicago, she became active in sexual assault prevention and support programs as a survivor advocate. Kamaria's research interests include sexual health and violence prevention, diversity experiences, and moral development. As an avid film and television watcher, she wants to interrogate ways media supports and challenges systems of oppression to promote dialogue and action.
Ernie Sanders, Community Activist and Alumnus, Twitter
Ernest Sanders is the Founder and Managing Partner for COMEUNITY Based Solutions. Sanders is a business professional of more than 30 years and has worked on national causes to reduce recidivism, enhance middle school education and social services, and promote digital excellence in lower income populations. Sanders received his Bachelors Degree from Loyola University of Chicago, majoring in Political Science. He is a community activist and strategist, and also candidate for a Masters Degree at DePaul University's School for New Learning Professional Integrated Studies with a focus on Comprehensive Community and Economic Development. Sanders also attended Harvard University's Divinity School and earned a certification in Faith Based Community and Economic Development. He also serves on board several boards and volunteers with multiple non-profit organizations. In each, he infuses concepts of community and economic development into curriculum, programs, etc., thus creating best practices.
Sarah Smith, University of Maryland College Park, Twitter
From the southernmost part of Chicagoland, Sarah completed her undergraduate career at Vanderbilt Univ. where she spent her time in LGBTQI Life and Campus Recreation. Sarah is a Master's student at the University of Maryland - College Park in the Student Affairs program. Her interests are in learning/education, (women's) sports, and social justice.
Dr. David Stovall, University of Illinois Chicago
David Stovall, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently his research interests include Critical Race Theory (CRT), school/community relationships, youth culture and community organizing. He is also a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale High School for Social Justice, where he was a member of the design team.