College of Education Leadership Fellows

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College of Education Leadership Fellows

College of Education Leadership Fellows

Leadership Fellows
  • 2016-2017: Christine Pacewicz
  • 2016-2018: Tayo Moss
  • 2018-2020: Stephanie Aguilar-Smith
  • 2019-2020: Adrianna Crossing
  • 2020-2021: Briana Green & Madison Allen
  • 2021-2022: Sarah Galvin & Amit Sharma
  • 2021-2023: Sanfeng Miao

Christine Pacewicz (2016-2017) and Tayo Moss (2016-2018)
The first two College of Education Leadership Fellows, Christine and Tayo, worked to build recognition for the Leadership Fellows Program among graduate students and College leadership. Tayo organized a pizza night to promote the Leadership Institute’s resources and build community among College of Education graduate students. Tayo also conducted a needs assessment survey with graduate students to gain a greater understanding of the resources needed to best support their teaching and research. He then presented these findings in a meeting with the Associate Deans. Christine and Tayo ended their Fellowship working to recruit Fellows to take their place the following year.

Stephanie Aguilar-Smith (2018-2020) and Adrianna Crossing (2019-2020)
Stephanie Aguilar-Smith and Adrianna Crossing worked together to identify leadership opportunities for graduate student within the College’s governance. After meeting with the department chairs in the College of Ed for the purposes of needs assessment and data gathering, Stephanie and Adrianna learned about existing structures for shared governance, graduate student opportunities represented in department bylaws, and areas of potential growth for shared governance. One example of shared governance opportunities uncovered by Stephanie and Adrianna was the Student Advisory Committee (SAC), a joint body composed of graduate and undergraduate students who bi-annually advise the dean. This Committee had never been convened. After a year and a half of work, the CoE released a call for applications for representatives of SAC.

Stephanie and Adrianna’s work inspired Associate Dean Bowman to request a graduate student advisory council to advise her office. Stephanie and Adrianna devised a plan consisting of qualifications, number of students from each department, recruitment strategy, application form, and recruitment email. Work on establishing the council was unfortunately suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stephanie and Adrianna’s work was incredibly important for both the College of Education and the Leadership Institute, as it drew attention to the tendency of undergraduate student representation to dominate the spaces of shared governance outlined in many Colleges’ bylaws.

Madison Allen (2020-2021)
Madison worked with seven other women PhD students to call attention to barriers to education for BIPOC students in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Together, they authored an open letter to the administrators, faculty, and staff of the Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE) department. After working with College- and department-level leadership, the authors of the letter, Madison Allen, Joi Claiborne, Andryce Clinkscales, Adrianna E. Crossing, Briana Green, Brook Harris-Thomas, Lindsay Poole, and Briana J. Williams, were catalysts for change within the CEPSE department admissions requirements and student representation.

Briana Green (2020-2021)
Briana decided to broaden her project focus beyond the College and sought to support Teaching Assistants (TAs) across the university with digital support for their remote learning experience. In partnership with the organizers of DISC, a Digital Instruction Support Community, based out the College of Education, she increased awareness of this support community across campus and offered a mini-series of workshops this spring semester to TAs that are catered to their specific needs. Briana Green also worked with Madison Allen to author an open letter to the Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education department that led to real and lasting change within the department’s admissions requirements and student representation.

Sarah Galvin (2021-2022)
Sarah wanted to work collaboratively with other Fellows while retaining a focus on curriculum development for her own professional development. She worked with College of Ag & Natural Resources Fellow, Liz Stebbins, to find ways to connect graduate students, old and new, to community resources within and external to MSU. They made plans for an involvement fair to be launched in the Fall of 2022. Sarah also worked as a curriculum consultant for the Leadership Fellows Program. Her goal was to center the Fellows Program curriculum around a holistic approach to leadership and to bring disparate elements of our curriculum into alignment. She met with our leadership team and began assessing the existing learning outcomes, curriculum, and assessment plans as well as exploring content organization options. She outlined ideas for how to best incorporate leadership and wellness topics into all learning experiences within the Fellowship. Her comprehensive curriculum plan included ideas for Leadership Huddles, small groups of Fellows meeting monthly around a common interest. We put all of her ideas into effect for the 2022-2023 Fellowship, and our curriculum has never been stronger or more cohesive.

Amit Sharma (2021-2022)
Amit wanted to increase the sense of community in his living environment on campus at 1855 Place where a number of international graduate student families live. He started a community garden last summer and wanted to extend the used of that space. He developed plans to create a community learning space.  

Sanfeng Miao (2021-2022)
Sanfeng was interested in learning about professional development resources and workshops for graduate students in the College of Ed. As she explored what had been done before, she got connected to Associate Dean Kristine Bowman. This interested turned into a paid position where Sanfeng is helping plan professional development workshops. She is also exploring the idea of rebooting a professional development Graduate Student Organization within the College of Ed.

Posted by:
Megumi Moore The MSU Graduate Leadership Institute
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