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Dr. Ekaterina Arshavskaya

Dr. Ekaterina Arshavskaya is an assistant professor of English for academic purposes in the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communications Studies. Her research and teaching interests include culture in second language teaching, intercultural competence development, and teacher learning. She has published in TESOL Journal, System, and Teaching Education.


Dr. Justin Barker

Dr. Justin Barker is a licensed clinical psychologist at USU's Counseling and Psychological Services. In that role, he serves as the USU CAPS regional campus director and assessment coordinator. In his spare time, he enjoys teaching, playing basketball, and spending time with his partner and their three children. Tasha Bauck is an openly gay woman living in Logan, Utah. She plans to get a degree in sociology and social work, so she can work with LGBTQ youth. She loves to be outdoors, and spending time with her family and partner.


Dr. David Christian

Dr. David Christian received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from USU and taught at the University of Idaho for six years. He has been in private practice in Logan, Utah, since 1998. Dr. Christian has conducted Motivational Interviewing trainings for 25 years with activists, lobbyists, physicians, psychologists, counselors, and other professionals.


Tony Flores

Tony Flores is the director of the USU Veterans Resource office. Along with his work here at USU as the president of the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators and member of the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs Education and Employment Work Group, he has had the opportunity to work with leaders in the Military Affiliated Education field. Along with his favorite seasons – fall and spring, are his favorite sports – football and baseball.


Dr. Bonnie Glass-Coffin

Dr. Bonnie Glass-Coffin is an anthropology professor and an affiliate professor of religious studies at Utah State University. She directs the USU Interfaith Initiative, which seeks to bridge religious difference on campus and in the community by nurturing a campus-wide vision of interfaith cooperation. Through curricular and extra-curricular programming, she helps all members of our campus community learn the skills, vision, and knowledge to connect with others in a spirit of authentic sharing, appreciation, respect, and inclusion. She also directs the new 18-credit Interfaith Leadership Certificate Program which is open to all undergraduates seeking to learn and apply these tools to successfully navigate a religiously diverse world.


Dr. Christopher González

Dr. Christopher González is an associate professor of English and the director of the new Latinx Cultural Center at Utah State University. His research and teaching focus on twentieth and twenty-first century Latinx literature, film, television, comics, and narrative theory. He is the author of Reading Junot Díaz (U of Pittsburgh P, 2015), Permissible Narratives: The Promise of Latino/a Literature (Ohio State UP, 2017), and co-author of Latinx Studies: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2018).


Rachel Hager

Rachel Hager is a graduate student in ecology at Utah State University and an active member of the Cache Valley LGBT+ community, including as a co-founder of the Logan Pride Foundation. As a first-generation queer American from Houston, Texas, Rachel knows that diversity in all forms is essential to build a welcoming community. Wherever she lives, Rachel strives to help create a sense of belonging for the LGBT+ community within a safe and inclusive atmosphere.


Marta Halaczkiewicz

Marta Halaczkiewicz is a senior lecturer in the Intensive English Language Institute in the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. She draws teaching inspiration from her experiences as an English (and other languages) learner, an international student, an immigrant, and academic English instructor. Her teaching and research interests include computer-assisted language learning, situated language practice, and affinity spaces.


Sharla Hart, M.Ed.

Sharla Hart, M.Ed., received a master's degree in instructional design and has served as a licensed educator and teacher coach for 17 years in the Logan City School District. She currently serves as director of Teacher Field Experiences for Utah State University.


Zitlalli Herrera

Zitlalli Herrera is a graduate assistant for the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement at the University of Utah. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is currently in the M.Ed. Student Affairs Emphasis program at the University of Utah. As a first-generation woman of color, she is passionate about learning theories and advocating for underrepresented students.


Kylen Kaminski

Kylen Kaminski is a student at USU studying psychology and sociology. He is involved on campus with the National Society of Leadership and Success, Housing and Residence Life, and with multiple research projects on campus. He enjoys working with the community and hopes to do so in a professional capacity someday.


Macy Keith

Macy Keith is the LGBTQA+ program coordinator in the Access and Diversity Center with a background in social work and gender studies. A large portion of her position is to help educate and raise awareness of LGBTQA+ issues and rights with USU staff, faculty, and students. As a queer woman raised in Utah, Macy is dedicated to awareness and education around these topics in order to help encourage the flourishing of our LGBTQA+ students, staff, faculty, and community members.


Kayla Currier Kipping

Kayla Currier Kipping is a disabilities disciplines doctoral student at Utah State University. Her research involves increasing the representation of females with disabilities on college campuses by increasing their self-efficacy to approach post-secondary education. She hopes to someday work at Think College, the national powerhouse for creating inclusive college opportunities for students with disabilities located in Boston.


Dennis Kohler

Dennis Kohler is the director of the USU Academic Success Center. He has spent the last 30 years working with both at-risk populations and second language learners. Dennis has a background in applied linguistics and philosophy and spent several years teaching and working abroad in South Korea and Kuwait.


Dr. Trenton Landon

Dr. Trenton Landon is an assistant professor in the rehabilitation counseling program at Utah State University. His research interests include the clinical supervision of counselors, disability and counseling in rural areas, and social inclusion of people with disabilities. Some of his most recent work has explored the relationship between neurodevelopmental disabilities (specifically autism spectrum disorders and intellectual and developmental disability) and mental health disorders.


Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola

Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology. The first in her family to attend college, Dr. Martinez-Cola earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. Prior to beginning her second career as a professor, she served as a director of multicultural affairs for nine years at a variety of different institutions in the U.S. Working with diverse student populations strongly influenced her commitment to rigorous inclusion and finding connections between communities of color.


Dr. Kim Meyers

Dr. Kim Meyers is a psychology resident at USU’s Counseling and Psychological Services. She is based out of the USU-Salt Lake center and works with regional campus students throughout the state. In her free time, Kim enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Angela D. Morrison

Angela D. Morrison is an associate professor at Texas A&M University School of Law. Professor Morrison’s teaching and research interests draw on her expertise in immigration and workplace law. Prior to working at Texas A&M, Professor Morrison was a visiting assistant professor at the UNLV School of Law and the legal director of the Nevada Immigrant Resource Project at UNLV. As director of NIRP, she provided direct legal representation to noncitizen victims of trafficking and crime and conducted outreach on immigration-related issues to community partners, immigrant communities, and governmental organizations.

Before directing NIRP, Professor Morrison worked for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she was the first EEOC trial attorney in Las Vegas, litigating employment discrimination claims in federal district courts in Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, and southern California. She graduated from the William S. Boyd School of Law summa cum laude where she was the editor-in-chief of the Nevada Law Journal and was a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic.


Dr. Mollie Murphy

Dr. Mollie Murphy is an assistant professor of communication studies. Her research examines rhetorical strategies of activists aligned with gender, racial, and environmental justice. Mollie teaches courses in gender, rhetorical criticism, and interpersonal communication. Chairman Parry has served on the Northwest Band Tribal Council on two separate occasions, most recently for the last six years. Darren also serves on the board of directors for the American West Heritage Center, in Wellsville, Utah. He attended the University of Utah and Weber State University and received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, with an emphasis on history. His passions in life include his family – his wife Melody, nine children, and 11 grandchildren – and his Tribal family. Darren was honored for preserving Shoshone history by the Idaho State Historical Society, and he wants to make sure that those who have gone before him are not forgotten. It is important to him that all peoples’ perspectives are heard and respected.


Christopher Phillips

Christopher Phillips is the electronic and information technology accessibility coordinator at Utah State University where he works to make online information accessible. He firmly believes that inclusive experiences are better for everyone. He works in the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction in Academic Instructional Services and is happy to answer any questions you might have.


Sue Reeves

Sue Reeves is a founding member of the Aggies Elevated team and is a licensed and certified rehabilitation counselor. She has worked at Utah State University since 2012. Her primary interest is supporting the mental health needs of young adults with intellectual disabilities, particularly in an inclusive post-secondary education setting.


Simone Yvonne Regan

Simone Yvonne Regan is a non-traditional student and single mother of four. She’s a U.S. ARMY veteran and is a Native American of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She enjoys public service and is an active member of the USU Student Social Work Association and Phi Alpha Honors Society.


Dr. Jim Rogers

Dr. Jim Rogers is the director of USU’s Intensive English Language Institute and a professor in the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. His teaching has taken him around North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Rogers' work is largely informed by his 30 years of experience and theoretically grounded in sociocultural theory.


Dr. Emily Sadler-Pitts

Dr. Emily Sadler-Pitts received a Ph.D. in biology from Utah State University in 2017 and is currently a lecturer with the Department of Biology. She is proud to have been involved in the Native American Summer Mentorship Program for four years. When not spending time with her family, she continues to mentor, teach, and conduct research.


Dr. Jeff Sheen

Dr. Jeff Sheen is a founding member of the Aggies Elevated team with a background in transition for young adults with intellectual disabilities. He has worked at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at USU since 2001 and has a particular interest in developing programs and support to improve the inclusion and quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.


Gonca Soyer

Gonca Soyer is a doctoral candidate in human development and family sciences at the University of North Texas. She is a subject-matter expert in attachment and child development. Mrs. Soyer serves as a reviewer for Texas Council on Family Relations and National Council on Family Relations conferences. She has also published several research articles in her area and presented in national conferences. Currently, Mrs. Soyer is an instructor at Utah State University in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.


Mehmet Soyer

Mehmet Soyer is a visiting assistant professor of sociology at the Utah State University. He received an M.A. in sociology in 2010 at the University of North Texas and completed a Ph.D. in sociology from the Texas Woman’s University in 2015. Dr. Soyer’s research examines the link between environmental problems and how the community responds through collective behavior, intersectional inequality, and the use of new mass media.


Dr. Marìa Luisa Spicer-Escalante

Dr. Marìa Luisa Spicer-Escalante is a professor of Spanish and linguistics in the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. Her professional interests are in the training of second/foreign language teachers, pedagogical aspects of second/dual language acquisition, bilingual writing, and Latino/Latina in the United States, all areas in which she has published several journal articles.


Isael Torres

Isael Torres is a USU alumnus and currently serves as the programming advisor for the Executive Branch of Associated Students of the University of Utah, in the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement. Isael received his M.Ed. from the University of Utah’s College of Education in the Department of Education, Culture and Society, and was selected as a speaker for the 2017 TEDx Salt Lake City, in which he spoke on “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy” and the importance of educational justice for our youth. Isael was born in Logan, Utah, as a proud son of Mexican immigrants.


Dr. Celina Wille

Dr. Celina Wille is an assistant professor for Latino pograms with Utah State University Extension. Dr. Wille has worked for over 23 years in land grant institutions. Her experience includes various extension, teaching, program management, and capacity-building roles. She started her career in Extension at Texas A&M University and her most recent appointment was at Michigan State University, where she was associate director of diversity and pluralism in the College of Agriculture and taught courses on campus and abroad. Overseas, she has managed U.S. Agency for International Development projects in sub-Saharan Africa, and she is currently a technical consultant for a food security USAID-funded project in Guatemala.