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Educational Studies

Experiencing the Program

Below is a collection of videos of students taken during their time in the program. They, after all, are the best at talking about what it means to pursue the MA in Educational Studies.

Video Testimonials

Ikenna Acholonu, 2012

Kris Coombs, 2012

Amber Frommherz, 2012

Meaghan Brown Guziewicz, 2009

Daynel Ingram, 2011

Melanie Jenkins, 2011

Annah Jones, 2011

Carrie Wooten, 2012

Commencement Speeches

Every year at commencement, one student from each of the programs in the department is chosen by their peers to speak. Below is a collection of speeches from Educational Studies students.

Nandi Bynoe, 2017

"Graduation fills me with both a sense of elation and melancholy. I am so incredibly proud of the work that we have all done but I know that our work must continue after we leave. Our studies call us to be activists, to bear witness to inequity and use our knowledge and experiences to move towards transformational change..." View full speech.
Kailah Carden, 2016

"Today, on the last day of graduate school, I find myself thinking back to the first day... As I sat, with my new classmates around a table, already fearing I did not have the chops to make it to graduation, we read Dr. West's words. "I'm a blues man," he wrote. "A blues man is a prisoner of hope, and hope is a qualitatively different category than optimism. Optimism is a secular construct, a calculation of probability..." View full speech.
Jermaine Curtis, 2015

"... Although my classmates and I were 11- and 12-year-old students, it was no secret that students were placed and valued according to the logic of meritocracy. We were continuously reminded, by our teachers and our personal experiences, that we were not perceived as or invested in as learners."
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Pilar Plater, 2014

"We have learned that knowledge is not a scarcity. There are numerous forms of knowledge, and yet educational systems often privilege one."
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Amber Frommherz, 2013

"Good afternoon, friends and families. My name is Amber Frommherz. I am of the Towering House clan, born for the Many Goats clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Red Cheek clan and my paternal grandfather is of the Red-Running-into-the-Water clan. This is how I identify as a Diné woman."
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Benjamin Phelps, 2012

"We have learned that knowledge is not a scarcity. There are numerous forms of knowledge, and yet educational systems often privilege one."
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Daynel Ingram, 2011

"The Educational Studies program has challenged me and my classmates to recognize racism as more than an issue of the past or as hateful behavior, but as systemic and institutional, as ever-present in our society and in our schools..."
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