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AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI)

    GEDI Interns come from a variety of disciplines including public health, education, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, and the natural sciences. Their commonality is a strong background in research skills, an interest in extending their capacities to the field of evaluation, and a commitment to thinking deeply about culturally responsive evaluation practice. Meet the 2019-2020 GEDI Cohort!


    Rakiah.jpg Rakiah Anderson is an MPH student in the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is currently a co-chair for the Minority Health Conference, a student-led health conference focusing on health disparities and mobilizing action for change. Her research interests center on tobacco prevention and improving health equity.Originally from California, Rakiah completed her undergraduate at UC Berkeley where she developed skills in qualitative research as a McNair Scholar. Prior to her MPH, Rakiah served on the Truth Initiative Board of Directors, strengthening her passion to inspire tobacco-free lives.
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    Chelsea Crittle is a 5th year doctoral candidate in the experimental psychology PhD program at Tufts University where she is a member of the Social Cognition lab as well as the Social Identity and Stigma lab. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College in 2015 and her M.S. in Social Psychology from Tufts in 2017. Chelsea’s research interests include racial/gender identity, diversity and inclusion, and confrontation. In particular, she is interested in exploring ways to reduce the negative effects of racial bias within collegiate academic settings. As a GEDI scholar, she will be working with the Center for Creative leadership.
    a Alyse Gray Parker is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Texas at San Antonio in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in higher education. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Alyse received her BA and MA from The Ohio State University. Alyse's research interests include higher education policy as well as access and equity issues in education across the P-20 pipeline
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    HaRi Kim is pursuing a Masters in Public Health at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She received her B.A. in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. HaRi is a 1.5 generation Korean American immigrant, and currently works as a Community Research and Program Evaluation Coordinator at Koreatown Youth and Community Center. Starting as a Community Organizer, HaRi worked in the diverse Koreatown community in substance use prevention by addressing broader physical, social, cultural and institutional forces. She feels compelled to address health inequities and build on existing community assets and capacity through research and evaluation. As a GEDI scholar, she will be working with Child 360. HaRi is also an amateur calligrapher and an ukulele player. She enjoys being in nature and exploring the beauty of the world. 

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    Courtney McCrimmon is a graduate student at Marymount University studying Forensic and Legal Psychology and holds a BA in Psychology from Hampton University. Her research interest includes human trafficking, minorities, trauma, and violence. Professionally, Courtney has worked for the US Attorney’s Office, American Health Care Association, American Institutes of Research, the International Justice Mission, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and currently, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as a Case Analysis Intern.

    Courtney enjoys going to museums, binging Netflix, and traveling; this fall she looks forward to submitting doctoral applications for Clinical Psychology programs.

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    Catherine M. Pichardo is currently a doctoral student in the Community and Prevention Research Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St Johns University in May 2012 and her Masters degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current research interests stem from her research experiences that investigated cultural, interpersonal and structural determinants of health across the lifespan. She is interested in understanding the role of context on obesity and obesity-related cancers. More specifically, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies she aims to understand Latina/o’s experiences with structural factors (e.g. neighborhood SES, access to healthy foods) and interpersonal factors (e.g. social ties) that may influence healthy behaviors (i.e. exercise and nutrition), and consequently impact obesity and breast cancer rates.

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    Jeremy Prim is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology and a first-year M.A. student in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. His current research focuses in the areas of race, policing, exclusionary discipline, and educational outcomes. Jeremy’s current work examines the association between the percentage of Black students in K-12 public schools and the presence of sworn law enforcement officers on campus. Additionally, investigating whether there is a relationship between the presence of sworn law enforcement officers and the suspension rates of students in public schools. His work is motivated by the want to assist policy makers and school districts to make informed decisions when making decisions surrounding school climate and safety.

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    Jordan Sanders is a second-year Master Candidate at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Her research interest in community development and youth empowerment stems from her seven years of nonprofit experience Most recently she worked with Girl Up Initiative Uganda (Kampala, Uganda) to assess the impact of their Adolescent Girls Program. Jordan comes to the GEDI program with a passion for creating equitable programming for youth and empowering systems change for local communities to thrive. As a GEDI she will be working with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to assist grantees in their evaluation dissemination strategies. 
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    Yaeeun Shin is a second-year master student in the Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment at Boston College. She received her M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota. Having been born and raised in South Korea, Yaeeun served as a teacher for four years working with teenagers prior to grad school. Her academic and professional goal is to improve educational quality and to promote success for underserved students in the areas ranging from student affairs, institutional research to international educational development. As a 2019-2020 GEDI scholar, Yaeeun will be interning at Education Development Center (EDC) in Waltham, MA.
    es.PNG Eric Stone is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research is situated in the realm of gender, work, family, and health – with an emphasis on the experiences of vulnerable populations and diverse family forms across the life course. Examples of current projects include examining leisure time disparities between same-sex and different-sex couples, identifying mediators to LGB adults’ access to health care, and exploring self-care deficits in relation to gender, parenthood and marital status. Related to evaluation, Eric seeks to increase LGBTQ representation in evaluation research. Eric is also an advocate for public sociology and an active contributor to Contexts (a quarterly magazine of the American Sociological Association aimed at making social science research accessible to the general public).

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    Elissa Frazier is a third year Curriculum & Instruction Ed.D. student at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on culturally responsive technology integration and curriculum development. She is particularly interested in the impact of technology policies and practices on urban schools and how technology can be used in culturally responsive ways to increase academic achievement. Elissa has worked in both urban and suburban schools at the elementary and high school levels serving as an English teacher, Reading Specialist, and Instructional Coach. She has also served as a literacy Instructor in the School of Education at Loyola. 

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    Jada Woodley is a second-year Masters of Sustainable Peacebuilding student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has a B.S. in Sociology, and prior to pursuing graduate studies she served as a Community & Youth Development Worker in the Peace Corps (Ukraine). Jada is interested in understanding how social determinants of health, and other public health disparities, exist in urban communities of color. She is invested in building culturally responsive research and evaluation capacities to home in on storytelling; a method that, she believes, can be useful in informing high-level decision making, and evaluating public health programs and services.