Meet Students and Alumni
If you are thinking about applying to our program and would like to
talk with one of our current students or alumni, feel free to email those
who have included their contact information below.
Nandi Bynoe (contact me)
I chose to pursue Educational Studies to develop a critical
understanding of the ways in which structural inequities
affect the ways in which students access resources within
I am originally from Trinidad and Tobago and I graduated
from Tufts in
2009 with a B.A. in International Relations. I currently
work in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs as the
Sexual Misconduct Resource Specialist.
My academic interests include critical race and feminist theories,
higher education, and sexual assault resources and prevention.
MA in Educational Studies, 2011
Title of Final Paper: Re-evaluating cultural capital in
schools: Affirming the community cultural wealth of students of Color
I'm a 4th grade teacher and plan to continue building a solid teaching
career and eventually transition into administration and then education policy.
The Educational Studies program has been invaluable to my
academic growth and professional development in the education field. Throughout
the program, we examined schools as microcosms of our greater society, focusing
on important issues of systemic privilege and oppression that can be found in
schooling. This helped prepare me for what I would encounter once I began
working in the school system. Moreover, it helped me to articulate and hone my
passion for ensuring that every child is validated, celebrated, and empowered to
blaze their various trails to success. Now, as a teacher, I am particularly
dedicated to understanding and appreciating all of my students from their
diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I
am constantly challenging myself to find new ways to embrace the unique capital
that each of my students offers to the classroom community and learning process.
I am continually making efforts to teach my students to embrace similarities and
differences among one another. I am constantly trying to make sure that families
know I value their perspectives and respect them as partners in the work of
guiding their children. Finally, I am always looking for ways to partner with
fellow teachers and educators to make sure that we are meeting students where
they are, not simply asking them to meet school "standards." The work is not
easy, but I think back to all that I learned during the a Educational Studies
program and the intense desire for change that the program sparked in me, and it
sincerely keeps me focused and motivated to continue pushing for progress in my
classroom, in my school, and in my overall community.
MA in Educational Studies, 2012
Title of Final Paper: Mapping the Discourse: Higher Education Institutions,
Sexual Violence, and the Production of Meaning
Doctoral Candidate at Louisiana State University in Educational Leadership (dual
concentrations in Higher Education Administration and Curriculum Theory).
My dissertation is a study of heterosexist discourses in sexual assault
prevention policy and programming in 20 public and private California higher
education institutions. My
dissertation builds on a pilot study that I conducted for my MA paper at Tufts.
I hope to finish my dissertation by May of 2016 and secure a tenure-track
position in the Chicago or Boston areas. Alternatively, I would love to apply my
expertise in higher education policy and critical theory to the non-profit
sector, which I have worked in for a number of years.
There truly is not a day that goes by that I don't think about
the Ed Studies program. Two years since I graduated, I find myself constantly
reflecting on the work that I do now through the rigorously critical and
structural lens that the program provides. The program, for me at least, has
been life-changing in the sense that it completely shifted how I think about
K-12 schooling, higher education, structural oppression, and systems of power.
But the best part was that while I was in the program I had the privilege
to be surrounded by some of the most brilliant, passionate, and engaged people
I've ever met, all of whom imparted their own unique histories and perspectives
on the lessons we were learning.
MA in Educational Studies, 2014
Title of Final Paper:
Dominant Cultural Capital
and the Construction of Graduate Level Diversity in
The Chronicle of Higher Education
I am the
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions - Arts, Sciences & Engineering at
Tufts University and I plan to continue
working as a higher education administrator to increase access, inclusion and
diversity in post-secondary education, specifically at the graduate level.
The Educational Studies program at Tufts has been a liberatory
experience through which I have grown personally and professionally. The course
work, fellow students, and professors have assisted me in attaining the skills
to critically analyze the U.S. educational system, as well as examine how
various power structures affect the access and inclusion of marginalized people
within higher education. This program gave me a positive space to voice my
personal narrative and nurture my individual agency while learning theoretical
frameworks to deepen my understanding of the impact our stratification of race,
gender, sexuality, ability, culture and class have on educational institutions.