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RILE Speaker Series: RILE Alumni Panel

Thursday, February 18, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm


Dr. Casey Wong
University of Southern California

Casey Wong conducts research that blends multiple lenses of linguistics, cultural anthropology, and black feminism to examine how students are provided opportunities to engage in authentic learning experiences. Dr. Wong worked at UCLA's center for urban research and is now conducting research at USC Center for race and equity. Dr. Wong is a community organizer who focuses on pedagogy as politics. Read more.

Dr. Maribel Santiago
University of Washington

Dr. Santiago is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. She specializes in the teaching and learning of race/ethnicity in K-12 history classrooms, specifically how people in the U.S. collectively remember the experiences of communities of color, and the consequences of such depictions. Her current work centers on the production and consumption of Latinx social studies: what students, policy makers, and educators learn about Latinx communities, and how they conceptualize Latinx experiences. Read more.

Dr. Alexis Patterson
University of California, Davis

Alexis Patterson Williams, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in July 2015 as an Assistant Professor in science education. She is currently a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar and is excited to work with her cohort to develop a research center that focuses on increasing the participation of women of color in STEM related fields.

Dr. Patterson Williams’ research lies at the intersection of equity studies, social psychology, and science education. Recent projects have focused on equity issues that arise when students work together on group projects in science and the role social-emotional skills play in facilitating equitable interactions between students. Read more.

Dr. Keith Cross
University of Hawaii

Keith Cross is a veteran Hip-Hop artist, singer-songwriter, educator and scholar. Keith has a Ph.D. from Stanford University Graduate School of Education, specializing in Race, Inequality and Language in Education, and he is currently Assistant Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education at University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. For several years, Keith has taught Hip-Hop lyricism (i.e., rap) to youth and the elderly, as a tool for enhancing mental and social well-being. As a scholar, he investigates cognitive function, language learning, and cultural and environmental sustainability in relation to oral traditions (especially, communication via the composition and performance of song lyrics). Read more.

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