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Mao S. Lee
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:46 pm
FOCUS English learner (EL) students are often viewed as having a learning disability. Equating multilingualism with cognitive impairment costs EL students opportunities to advance academically as they are excluded from rigorous, college prep classes. Hence, their future is determined by their curriculum. Additionally, EL students who are refugee adolescents come from unique backgrounds, and both… View Article
Lauren Prox
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:44 pm
FOCUS Do we have a say when it comes to the air we breathe? Well, that depends on who you ask. Where we live, work, and play can have a large impact on the level of air pollution in our air. Lauren intends to study air quality and the health impacts associated with inhaling harmful… View Article
James Green
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:39 pm
FOCUS James is conducting research to empower queer and trans youth of color in their experiences with mental illness and mental health services. Power differentials exist between youth and adults, which are exacerbated by homophobia, transphobia, and racism, and this impacts youths’ access to and confidence in mental health services. James’ research uses digital ethnographic… View Article
Enrique Lopez Lopez
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:35 pm
FOCUS High school is often a time in which social, cultural, and economic gaps become more tangible to marginalized communities, framing a coming of age with limited opportunities. Undocumented individuals face atypical limitations and stressors that compound other existing forces, heightening their degree of vulnerability and, in turn, become obstacles to their overall healthy development…. View Article
Alec Marcus Hall
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:16 pm
FOCUS Alec’s passion for research involves developing a school-based integrated model that involves restorative justice and Youth Participatory Action Research within a Multi-tiered Systems of Support framework. He wants to develop this model to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline metaphor that disproportionately affects children of color. Many children of color who come from urban backgrounds may… View Article
Shlon A. Smith
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:58 pm
FOCUS Shlon’s research interests center around addressing the academic and mental health needs of students in low-income and urban communities. Her research focuses on effective and comprehensive policy development and implementation that specifically addresses the health and wellness needs of vulnerable populations who may experience food insecurity, lack of access to health care, and other… View Article
Natalie Aileen Larez
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:35 pm
FOCUS Students spend most of their time in school systems, and at the same time, they don’t exist in a vacuum. They navigate multiple environments, such as their home, juvenile detention centers, foster care systems, health care systems, etc. Natalie is interested in examining how publicly funded institutions support the educational, physical, and mental health… View Article
Melinda M. Adams
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:04 pm
FOCUS Melinda is a doctoral student in Native American Studies and also conducts research in Environmental Policy and Management at The University of California, Davis. Her dissertation will focus on the social, ecological, and cultural importance of revitalizing cultural burns (prescribed fires conducted using Traditional Ecological Knowledge). Melinda’s community partners include the Patwin (Wintun) fire… View Article
Kate Somerville
Posted On November 25, 2020 9:24 pm
FOCUSKate’s work aims to explore and promote effective models of mental health support and services for students in K-12 learning environments. In particular, Kate is interested in the role community organizing plays in both community healing and school mental health policy. Additionally, Kate is interested in federal, state, and local policies that impact school-based mental… View Article

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