Educational Leadership & Policy M.Ed. Student Affairs Campus Visit Day

You’re invited!
ELP M.Ed. in Student Affairs Campus Visit Day 2015

We invite prospective students to campus on November 19 from 1 to 7 PM to learn more about the Master’s of Education in Student Affairs.  You will meet faculty, staff, students, and student affairs partners; learn more about courses and internships; and attend a learning experience in the Multiculturalism & Diversity course.

RSVP by Monday, Nov. 16 to Marilynn Howard ( or 801/581-6714) and please indicate the activities you will be joining.  Also, please let us know of any dietary restrictions you may have.

A sample of the activities for this informative day.

1:00 – 1:45           Welcome – Overview of ELP Department and M.Ed. in Student Affairs

1:45 – 2:55                  Break-out sessions

  • Graduate Assistant Opportunities – meet current GA’s & supervisors
  • Your Current Career & M.Ed. Enrollment – meet students and alumni that engaged in their current higher education position and enrolled in the M.Ed. Degree
  • Meet ELP Faculty
  • Internships – learn more about the internship from students and supervisors

2:55 – 3:30      Refreshment Break to meet ELP Community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners from student affairs)

3:30 – 5:00      Tour of Campus – The University of Utah has a great deal to offer those seeking an engaged graduate experience.  The tour will include the Marriott Library and Student Life Center as well as areas that house the Division of Student Affairs.  Your tour guide is an alumni of the program.

5:00 – 5:35      Further Information on M.Ed. in Student Affairs, Admissions Tips & Questions

5:45 – 7 PM    Course:  Multiculturalism and Diversity – taught by Dr. Maria Ledesma, ELP Assistant Professor

Course Description:  This course is designed to help improve graduate students’ understanding of the major theoretical, research, and practical issues related to multiculturalism and diversity in higher education. The course is helpful to students dealing with policy and/or conducting research that intersects gender, class, race/ethnicity, power, and/or sexuality in higher education. It provides an opportunity for students to become more reflective educational leaders and policymakers by challenging them to critically analyze how higher education influences the experiences of culturally diverse people.
We look forward to sharing the M.Ed. in Student Affairs Degree with you!


Informal Gathering at ASHE 2015

Thinking about your next educational step?  Use opportunities at ASHE, such as this gathering sponsored by the Educational Leadership & Policy Department at the University of Utah, to learn about your options.  Faculty, current students, and alumni will be present to talk about the degree offerings.

As a prospective student attending this event or others, you will learn about educational opportunities, meet people engaged in research, and have fun.  You might talk to faculty about their research or the curriculum for a specific degree program.  Alumni and current students will share their experiences as well as resources that support student success.  Join the University of Utah ELP community on Thursday at 6:30 PM at Hyatt Peaks Lounge to learn more.

ASHE Flyer

Support the National Week of Action on School Pushout

This week, events are being organized around the country to stop the school-to-prison pipeline. This year’s theme is: “Invest in Public Education, Not Prison Cultivation.” Students in Education, Leadership, and Policy encourage anyone and everyone involved in education in Utah to get informed and get involved. There are two easy ways to become involved in both the national and local discussions of this important topic:

The Week of Action NATIONAL EVENT will be held on October 6th  at 12 pm EDT and will be hosted and live streamed by Dignity in Schools ( in partnership with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

The Week of Action LOCAL EVENT will be held on October 7th from 5:30 to 8:00  pm MDT at the Law and Justice Center at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City. This free event is hosted by Salt Lake Peer Court, Racially Just Utah, and the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Other collaborators include Spy Hop and Planned Parenthood of Utah. See for more information.

We hope you will join us in raising awareness and taking action to stop school pushout and reverse the school-to-prison pipeline!

ELP Educating about Privilege at NACURH 2015

Julie Olaf and Tim Davis at NACURHLast weekend at the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) ELP student Julie Olaf and ELP alumnus Tim Davis presented “White Privilege and Peer Dialogues: Students Showing Up for Racial Justice.” The presentation covered strategies for fellow advisors to engage students in discussion of white privilege.

ELP at AERA 2015

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting takes place April 16-20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, and several ELP faculty and students will be in attendance and presenting. Listed below are presentations and sessions featuring our faculty, doctoral students, and master’s students.

AERA 2015

Thursday, April 16

  • Gender and Critical Education Thursday, April 16, 2:15 – 3:45 PM. Chaired by Amy Bergerson.

Friday, April 17

  • Say What You Do, Do What You Say: Closing Gaps Between College Students’ Expectations and Realities in the College Student Access Poster Session. Friday, April 17, 8:15 – 9:45 AM. Presenting authors Amy Bergerson, Yudi Lewis, and author Kegan Walker.
  • Examining Notions of College Readiness Friday, April 17, 2:15 – 3:45 PM. Chaired by María C. Ledesma.
  • Rethinking Motivation and Achievement Friday, April 17, 2:15 – 3:45 PM. Chaired by Irene H. Yoon.

Saturday, April 18

  • Can I See Myself Here? Marginalized Identities and STEM Learning Saturday, April 18, 8:15 – 9:45 AM. Chaired by Amy Bergerson.
  • “They Sellin’ Us a Dream They Not Preparin’ Us For”: Fiction and Failure in One College and Career Readiness Intervention Program in the Challenge of College and Career Readiness: Definitions, Policies, and Implications for Underrepresented Students symposium. Saturday, April 18, 2:45 – 4:15pm. Presenting author Erin L. Castro.
  • Working Identity and Critical Race Theory: Implications for Critical Education Policy in the Doing Critical Policy Analysis in Education symposium. Saturday, April 18, 2:45 – 4:15 PM. Presenting author Larry J. Parker.

Sunday, April 19

  • K–16 Youth Identities, Leadership, and Academic Excellence: Disrupting a Politics of Whiteness Along the Educational Pathway in the Toward Ethnoracial, Linguistic, and Geopolitical Justice: Heritage Communities, Cultural Politics, and Community-Engaged Research symposium. Sunday, April 19, 8:15 – 9:45am. Presenting authors Enrique Aleman and Eden Cortez.
  • Navigating the Politics of Social Justice Work and Scholar-Activism panel during the Division J Vice Presidential Session. Sunday, April 19, 12:25 – 1:55 PM. Featuring invited panelist Erin L. Castro.
  • Learning From Leaders’ Perspectives on Decision Making During Racial Conflict: Exploring Multifaceted Challenges of Leadership for Social Justice in the Learning From Leaders Negotiating Significant Racial and Cultural Conflicts: New Insights and Deeper Understandings session. Sunday, April 19, 12:25 – 1:55 PM. Presenting authors Allison Martin and Irene H. Yoon.
  • A Holistic Portrait of Readiness for School Improvement: Students, Parents, Teachers, School Staff, and Leaders’ Perspectives on School Climate in the Developing Tools for Equity Awareness in School Improvement: Support, Development, and Networking for Teachers and Leader paper session. Sunday, April 19, 2:15 – 3:45 PM. Presenting author Irene H. Yoon.

Monday, April 20

  • Advancing a Remedial Rationale in the Toward Collective Action to Reclaim Public Narratives for Justice: Ameliorating an Impoverished Cultural Discourse on Affirmative Action in Higher Education session. Monday, April 20, 8:15 – 9:45 AM. Presenting author María C. Ledesma.
  • Issues of Gender and Higher Education Monday, April 20, 8:15 – 10:15 AM. Featuring discussant Amy Bergerson.
  • Reward and Resistance: The Evolution of Latina/o Critical Theory in Educational Scholarship in the Relationship Between Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education: Theoretical Considerations for the Future symposium. Monday, April 20, 10:35 – 12:05 PM. Presenting author María C. Ledesma.
  • Teacher Education and the Enduring Significance of “False Empathy” in the Race(ing) Teacher Education: Critical Race Theory as a Transformative Practice in Teacher Education symposium. Monday, April 20, 12:25 – 1:55 PM. Presenting author Bryan Hotchkins.

For the full AERA Annual Meeting program, visit the online program here. You can also follow the conference using the Twitter hashtag #AERA15.

ELP at NASPA 2015

NASPA15 LogoThe annual NASPA conference is just three days away! Every year, a number of students and faculty from ELP make their way to NASPA to network, learn, and present. Here are this year’s presentations featuring ELP students and faculty:

  • Writing for Professional Publication: A NASPA Journals-Sponsored Intensive Writing Workshop Sunday, March 22, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Coordinated by Amy Bergerson.
  • Expressing Courage Through the Written Word: Developing a Program Description Monday, March 23, 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM. Including presenter Amy Bergerson.
  • Publishing in NASPA’s Scholarly Journals Monday, March 23, 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM. Including presenter Amy Bergerson.
  • Awarding Students “Credit When It’s Due”: Translating Research to Practice Monday, March 23, 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM. Coordinated by Jason Taylor.
  • Transitioning from Administrator to Faculty: Possible Pathways and Strategies for Success Monday, March 23, 3:40 PM – 4:30 PM. Coordinated by Mary Skorheim, and including presenter Amy Bergerson.
  • Say what you do; do what you say: Closing the gap between students’ pre-college expectations and their campus realities Tuesday, March 24, 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM. Coordinated by Amy Bergerson, and including presenters Colin Ben, Yudi Lewis, Kai Martinez, and Kegan Walker.

ELP will also be hosting a University of Utah reception on Tuesday, March 24 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Hilton Newberry room. We invite everyone present at NASPA to join us!

ELP Students Win at AIMHO 2014

First-year students Clayton Bracht, George Guardado, Julie Olaf, and Cody Garrison at AIMHO 2014.

First-year students Clayton Bracht, George Guardado, Julie Olaf, and Cody Garrison at AIMHO 2014.

Last weekend eight current ELP students attended the Association of Intermountain Housing Officers (AIMHO) 2014 conference in Logan, UT.

We are proud that four of those students won awards! Congratulations!

Hot Topics Presentation Winners:
Chris Miller and Julie Olaf, Assistant Residential Education Coordinators, Housing & Residential Education

Graduate Student of the Year:
Sarah Gutierrez, Assistant Residential Education Coordinator, Housing & Residential Education

Graduate Student Social Justice Action Award:
Kegan Walker, Assistant Residential Education Coordinator, Housing & Residential Education

AIMHO is one of many professional organizations that ELP students get involved with, representing professionals and students in housing in the intermountain region.