Research Team

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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.

 

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Cherish Golden, MSE Professional Development

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.

 


 

 

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Nayeli Govantes Alcantar

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Isabella Virrueta, MSE Higher Education Leadership

Isabella Virrueta (she/her) is an associate career counselor for the College of Arts & Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She recently received her Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership, from the Professional Development Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Apart from working on research with Dr. Luedke, Isabella works as an educator, facilitator, and activist through her work with local non-profits like GSAFE. She is also an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent time working as a professional actor. Isabella is a life-long learner and life-long activist.

 

 

 


 

 

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Troy Feeney, Undergraduate Student

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Tyler Henderson, MSE Professional Development

Tyler Henderson has recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Masters in Science Education, Higher Education Professional Development Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Marco D. Marquez, Graduate Student

Marco D. Marquez, is a recent Public Relations graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is the current Graduate Assistant for the Higher Eduaction Leadership program. During his undergraduate career, he worked with various student organizations that were representative of first-generation students, primarily of the Latinx community. 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Gresham Collom, MSE Higher Education Leadership

Gresham Collom (he/him/his) is an alumni of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater’s Masters in Science, Higher Education Leadership program. He is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department. Gresham serves as a graduate researcher for the Postsecondary Education Research Center. His work is centered around inequity in higher education, higher education policy, and educational research methods. Following graduation, Gresham hopes to pursue a career as a faculty member and serve as a mentor to aspiring scholars.

 

 

 


 

 

Dr. Courtney Luedke
Dr. Courtney Luedke

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