AERA 2019 Presentation

AERA 2019

I will be presenting a workshop format at 2019 AERA in Toronto with Carolyn Hetrick and Naivedya Parakkal. Our workshop is titled “Moving Theory into Practice: Methodological Considerations Regarding Positionality, Identity, and Research Reflexivity.


In this session, we will share about our own evolving research, reflect on how critical race methodologies have informed our work, and facilitate discussion around how attendees’ see themselves engaging with identity, positionality, and reflexivity in their own work.

We have created visual tools to support this discussion and engagement. Please contact for more information.

2019 GSRC Keynote Panel

Announcing the 2019 GSCO Graduate Student Research Conference Keynote Panel! Panelists will speak about their work and make connections to the conference theme, Embracing Tensions for Equity: Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice in Education.

Keynote Panelists:
Charles Wilkes, University of Michigan
Dr. Maren Oberman, University of Michigan
Dr. Alistair Bomphray, University of Michigan
Dr. Maisha Winn, University of California, Davis

Ebony Perouse-Harvey

GSRC Keynote Panel

What's Good?: Women of Color and the Academy

Announcing an upcoming panel hosted by Women of Color and the Academy at the GSCO Graduate Student Research Conference.


What’s Good?: A Conversation with Women of Color and the Academy

Friday, March 15
2:45 - 3:45 PM
Room 2346

Laura-Ann Jacobs
Ebony Perouse-Harvey

Asya Harrison

Ashley Jackson
Christina Morton
Naivedya Parakkal
Christine Quince
Jenny Sawada
Crystal Wise

Panelists will share some of their own experiences and strategies for persisting within this predominantly white institution for the purpose of supporting, encouraging, and connecting with other panelists and audience members. We hope that intended audience members will take away some sustaining strategies for surviving and thriving as individuals and as a community. Additionally, we hope that this panel creates a space of love, support, and community within the GSCO Graduate Student Research Conference as panelists and audience members share about their experiences and encourage each other in their personal and professional work.

Our intended audience is those who identify as women of color--this includes graduate students of color and faculty members of color. We welcome audience members who do not identify as women of color or persons of color. However, this presentation intends to feature, center, and privilege the voices and experiences of women of color.

This presentation will be divided into two parts. The first part of the discussion will feature panelists responding to questions generated at a WOCATA core member meeting. The second part of the discussion will include a Question and Answer session with audience members. This second portion of the discussion will be less structured and will invite audience members to ask questions and to share about their own experiences.

GSCO/BET Graduate Student Research Conference 2019


Embracing Tensions for Equity

Bridging Research, Policy, & Practice in Education

Friday, March 15, 2019, U-M School of Education

Proposal Applications Due January 22, 2019

As we engage in research, develop policy, and implement practice, we must resolve various tensions in order to create equitable solutions. Negotiating how to apply differing methodologies and navigating our positionalities and obligations to multiple stakeholders are a few of the inherent tensions in our work. Eliding these tensions is problematic—they have consequences for the lived experiences of every stakeholder in education, from students to policymakers.

The debate involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), implemented in 2012, provides an example of the type of tensions involved in equity work. The administrative protections provided to Dreamers, children and young adults who entered the United States without documentation, are now in jeopardy under the current presidential administration. Researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners must grapple with tensions related to DACA’s position as an administrative program that can be more readily “rolled back,” as well as its prohibitions against providing undocumented students with federal and state financial aid, which potentially hinders Dreamers’ access to higher education. This is just one example of some of the overlapping tensions that inform the work of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in that area.

Reimagine your current work: how can you leverage who you are and what you bring to your work in a way that productively and generatively confronts these tensions and promotes diversity, equity, justice and inclusion?

Click here to learn more about the GSCO Graduate Student Research Conference.

American Educational Research Association 2019


Excited to be attending the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2019 Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada!

I will be presenting a workshop with Carolyn Hetrick and Naivedya Parakkal titled "Moving Theory into Practice: Methodological Considerations Regarding Positionality, Identity, and Researcher Reflexivity." We worked hard to coordinate our proposal across three different time zones this past summer.


In this session, three researchers will share their methodological considerations about positionality, identity, and reflexivity. First, the researchers will draw upon a shared framework of critical race methodological literature to establish a common frame for understanding their otherwise disparate scholarship and to orient workshop participants to how the researchers see their work relating to extant reflexivity practices and scholarship. Second, the presenters will each share the methodological processes and theoretical orientations they have used to engage in rigorous (and ongoing) reflexivity and consideration of their positionalities. Third, the presenters will engage participants in small- and whole-group discussion to shed further light on how identities, contexts, conceptual approaches, and other methodological considerations both call for and influence researcher reflexivity and identity-investigation.

Carolyn Hetrick: Through the mirror: Methodological considerations for practicing critical reflexivity as a white researcher working with youth of color

Laura-Ann Jacobs: Twice adopted: A researcher’s investigation of multi-layered identity and reflexive practice

Naivedya Parakkal: Navigating ambiguities and changes in researcher reflexivity and positionality