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Past Scholars

Veronica Brady

Major: Family and Human Development
Awarded Year: Fall 2020
Minor: Psychology
Current Year: Senior/Fall Graduate

"It was a pleasure to learn about and discuss ways we can make education equitable and how I personally, can grow and change to better contribute to a fair and just society. I loved being able to see first-hand how academic research is conducted and how that can be used to inform policy."

Faith Mackenzie

Major: Family & Human Development/ Psychology
Awarded Year: Fall 2020
Minor: Women & Gender Studies
Current Year: Junior "Working with the CEP has expanded my knowledge in policy research and strengthened my abilities to examine the news. The literature we have read challenged my previous perspectives and provided me the knowledge I need to be active in future discussions regarding equity. This work is about removing barriers in order to allow families to gain the resources they desperately need but are not aware of. While you cannot see the progress of your work, the reality is this will impact generations to come and can bring institutional change. I am grateful to have contributed to this life-changing work and to be a part of the CEP."

Cullin Howard

Major: Family and Human Development
Awarded Year: Summer 2020 
Current Year: Junior

"During my internship with The Children’s Equity Project, I had the valuable experience to work with research professionals in children’s education and dive beyond the theories found in coursework and move into current issues facing marginalized youth in our society. Throughout the internship my tasks allowed me to personally get acquainted with the subjects and objectives that are important to the researchers and to engage in and contribute meaningfully to several projects. Some of which included work on: early child care disciplinary regulations, tracking state actions on school resource officers, and participation in the rudimentary stages of a corporal punishment brief. This time proved significant for augmenting my perspective on the present state of equity in education and provided me the opportunity to gain insight into the reality of performing research in a policy-centered capacity."

Brittany Duran

Major: Family and Human Development and Social Justice and Human Rights
Awarded Year: Spring 2020
Current Year: Junior

"Working on the Children's Equity Project (CEP) has provided opportunities for growth in academic skills and career competencies. I engaged in policy reviews regarding early education, news tracking relative to discipline, equity and inclusion, and data mapping on racial and socioeconomic measurements in research for grant writing. Future scholars should anticipate joining a diverse team committed to making positive changes in early education, connecting with faculty, postdoctoral students, and fellow interns, and receiving mentorship throughout their experience with CEP."

Vanessa Kern

Major: Family and Human Development
Awarded Year: Spring 2020
Current Year: Senior

"Being apart of the Child Equity Project gave me a front-row seat to how research can influence policy."