The research team is made up of undergraduate students affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater RAP program (Research Apprenticeship Program) and graduate students affiliated with the Higher Education Leadership Program.
Cherish has recently graduated from the University of Whitewater’s Masters in Science Education, Higher Education Professional Development Program. Her interests include LGBT* affairs, multicultural affairs, admissions, and Trio programs. Cherish is committed to being a holistic scholar practitioner and assisting students from historically marginalized populations. Cherish plans to work in student affairs, with a long-term goal of receiving either her Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration. Her research interests includes how socialization in societies and cultures affects students at post-secondary institutions. She is specifically interested in using Emile Durkheim’s concept of Mechanical and Organic Solidarity to research collegiate environments.
Nayeli has just completed her first year at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and has worked on undergraduate research with the RAP program. Nayeli was the secretary for the DREAM Scholars program on campus.
Isabella Virrueta is a second year graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is working on her Masters in Science Education Degree in Higher Education Leadership, Professional Development Program and will be graduating in May of 2019. Apart from working on research with Dr. Luedke, Isabella is a graduate assistant for the PB Poorman Pride Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Isabella is a life-long learner and life-long activist.
Troy has just completed his first year at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and has worked on undergraduate research with the RAP program. Troy has recently been elected as the president of the Mixed-Race Student Union.
Tyler Henderson has recently graduated from the University of Whitewater’s Masters in Science Education, Higher Education Professional Development Program.
Dr. Luedke began conducting research as a first-year student through the King-Chavez Scholars program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She went on to become a McNair Scholar and completed two summer research internships at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Summer Pre-Graduate Research Experience (SPGRE) and the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP). Through committed mentors who believed in her abilities, Courtney actively engaged in undergraduate research and pursued a career as a faculty member. Courtney is deeply committed to mentoring and supporting the next generation of Students of Color in preparing for, and pursuing, graduation education. Courtney leads a research team comprised of undergraduate and graduate students. Through the research team, Courtney seeks to de-mystify research, shedding light on all aspects of the process and breaking down each step along the way.
Photo Credit: Photography by Damon Jay