Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program Leadership

Saúl I. Maldonado, Ph.D., is Co-Director of the American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) professional development program; Associate Professor in the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education at San Diego State University; and research associate at the Center for Equity and Biliteracy Education Research. A member of the GEDI familia (SANKOFA, 2012-2013), Maldonado’s evaluation experience includes contributions to programs and initiatives for school districts, county offices of education, institutions of higher education and federal agencies. Maldonado is author and co-editor of the book, Assessment and evaluation in bilingual education.

Hazel Symonette, Program Development & Assessment Specialist Emerita, is an Evaluation Researcher & Facilitator at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research—the LEAD Center (Learning through Evaluation, Adaptation and Dissemination) and the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She also serves as Social Justice Educator with the UW First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Program.

Her work focuses on capacity-building strategies using multi-level assessment/evaluation processes to advance a diversity-grounded and equity-enabling personal transformation, organizational development and social justice change agenda. That work undergirds her long-standing involvement in creating authentically inclusive and vibrantly responsive teaching, learning, living and working environments that are conducive to success for all.


Linda E. Sotelo, M.Ed., serves as a Bilingual Administrative Coordinator at San Diego State University. Linda earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education with Counseling Specialization from Houston Baptist University while she worked in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (CoEBS) directly supporting the launch and development of the institution’s first doctoral programs. Linda joined the AEA GEDI Program leadership in 2021 and loves to remind scholars they are not alone in their educational or professional journeys, with some guidance and support...sí se puede!