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Diversity & Climate

2011 UWM Diversity Fellows

photo of Nikki AdamsNikki Adams:  A 2010 PhD graduate in Linguistics from the University of Chicago, Ms. Adams specializes in Bantu language family syntax.  She has studied Shona in Zimbabwe and Zulu in South Africa.  Fieldwork to collect data for her dissertation was also carried out in Durban, South Africa.  She has presented her work on Zulu and related languages at conferences in the United States, Scotland, and Germany (April 2011).  Currently she is on the organizing committee of the Annual Conference on African Linguistics, to be held at the University of Maryland-College Park, where she works on a large-scale African languages documentation and resourcing project.  Her upcoming goals include publishing her research.  Her work comparing Zulu and other Bantu languages’ passivization structures is currently under review for publication, and the research to be presented in Berlin this April is also slated for journal submission.



photo of Alonzo Flowers III Alonzo M. Flowers III: A doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration, Mr. Flowers specializes in educational issues including giftedness, teaching and learning, and student development theory.  Alonzo holds a Master of Arts Degree in Adult and Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Multicultural Studies from Texas State University.  Mr. Flowers’ dissertation research topic focuses on academically gifted poor African American males in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. He has just recently completed a book chapter in a volume of Stylus Publications entitled Diverse Millennial College Students to be released fall 2011. He is also on the editorial board for the landmark Journal of African American Males in Education (JAAME). Noteworthy too is his recent article in TEMPO, a leading peer reviewed journal for the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) entitled Becoming Advocates for the Gifted Poor.



photo of Hsiang-Yeh Ho Hsiang-Yeh Ho:  Ms. Ho is a doctoral candidate in Education, with special interest in the issues of contemporary early childhood education and experiences (home and school context) that influence the developmental and educational outcomes of at-risk children from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. Ms. Ho holds a BA in Nursing from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and graduated with an Honor of Best Practices in Nursing. Ms. Ho received her MS in Education from University of Pittsburgh, and expects to receive her Ph.D. in Education from University of Pittsburgh in March 2011.    



photo of Zakiya LunaZakiya Luna:  Ms. Luna is a candidate in the Joint PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan, where she also received her Master’s of Social Work. Her research brings together the areas of social movements, law and society, reproduction and inequality. She has supported her research with multiple grants including a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. She has published solo and co-authored publications in Sociological Inquiry, Societies without Borders and Feminist Studies. She will complete her PhD in 2011.



photo of Charu Stokes Charu Stokes:   A doctoral candidate in Social Work at Boston College, Ms. Stokes is a recipient of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Fellowship and Boston College Diversity Fellowship. Ms. Stokes has a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences from Liberty University, and a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. She is also a licensed social worker with practice experience in the US as a school social worker, child welfare worker, and substance abuse and mental health counselor. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she was an IFESH Fellow and worked internationally with Save the Children, US (Malawi, Africa). A published author, (Journal of Social Service Research, Treatment Strategies-AIDS, Journal of the Poor and Underserved, and International Social Work), Ms. Stokes is also a member of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).



photo of Jessica Welburn Jessica S. Welburn:  Ms. Welburn is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard University (PhD expected May 2011).  Her research interests include race and ethnicity, cultural sociology, the sociology of the family and qualitative methodology.  With funding from the National Science Foundation and the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative she is completing her dissertation, which explores how African Americans who grew up in middle income households conceptualize their mobility prospects.  In addition, Ms. Welburn works with Professor Michèle Lamont (Harvard University) and an international team of researchers on a project comparing the antiracist strategies of stigmatized groups in the U.S., Brazil and Israel.  Ms. Welburn earned her B.A. in sociology (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 2004 from the University of Pennsylvania.