UCEA is pleased to introduce three new and exciting members of the Graduate Student Council. Please join us in welcoming Lamar Foster from The University of Washington, Annie Maselli from Pennsylvania State University and Mariama Nagbe from The University of Texas at Austin. These new members will serve for two years and work to increase the presence and the voice of graduate students in UCEA.
James “Lamar” Foster
James “Lamar” Foster is a doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Organizational Leadership program at The University of Washington (UW). Lamar’s research focuses on policy implementation, leadership, and race & equity. Prior to beginning his studies at UW, Lamar lived in Pittsburgh, PA where he attended Duquesne University and was an after-school program coordinator. He has been a proud member of UCEA and AERA since 2015. Recently, he served as the program manager for AERA’s Graduate Student Council. Lamar is also a UCEA Barabra L. Jackson scholar. He is a proud child of an immigrant and a veteran of the US military. In his free time, Lamar enjoys watching basketball, UEFA soccer, serving in his community, and spending time with his wife.
Annie Maselli is a Ph.D. student at Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Education Policy Studies. Her research interests include the relationship between place, equity, and education and issues of educational access and justice. Serving as a graduate student associate with the Center on Rural Education and Communities, she is particularly interested in how rural schools can address issues of social inequality and community development. Annie holds a B.A. in International Development from The University of the South and a M.Ed. in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education.
Mariama Nagbe is a proud Detroit native, Barbara L. Jackson Scholar, and current PhD student studying higher education leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. Anchoring her identity as a critical organizational scholar, her research interests seek to examine the socialization structures, policies, culture, and practices of doctoral programs from an organizational theory perspective. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and two Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Higher Education from The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. As a faculty aspirant, Mariama plans to pursue a tenure-track position at a leading research institution, and ultimately become an academic administrator. At this level, she hopes to use her scholarship to transform how institutional practices and policies of graduate programs center social/organizational justice and equity in their structures and approaches, while mentoring young scholars with the intent to increase underrepresented groups in academia.