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School of Education Newsletter
Fall 2021 Recap

The Education newsletter publishes twice per year, in January and June.

From Director Susan C. Faircloth

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Dear Alumni and Friends,

As I write this message, I’m flooded with a mix of emotions – gratitude, joy, excitement, and yes – uncertainty. Although I can name these emotions, I don’t have the words to adequately capture the loss, fear, anxiety, pain, or isolation, so many of us have experienced as we’ve navigated the past two years of a global health pandemic. What I do have is an invitation and an encouragement for each of us to make time to grieve, to begin to heal, and to rediscover what brings us joy.

Throughout this pandemic, I’ve made a conscious effort to focus on the people and things that bring me joy, both in my personal and professional lives. For me, this has meant taking time to nourish my family and to rediscover my love of cooking (i.e., I’ve baked a lot of bread!) – something I rarely made time for pre-pandemic. I’ve also found great joy in watching our colleagues and students engage in heart work – work that goes beyond the required elements of the job.

This newsletter highlights just a few of the ways in which faculty, staff, students, and alumni from across Colorado State University’s School of Education are making deep and lasting impacts locally, nationally, and internationally. Our faculty have opportunities to work anywhere in the world, yet they choose to be part of the Colorado State Ramily. They, alongside, our staff, are committed to ensuring our students receive high quality, relevant, and inclusive learning experiences.

As we embark on 2022, I  remain humbled to work alongside my colleagues and to lead the School of Education in this most important work.

Wishing you peace, joy, and wellness in the new year.

Susan C. Faircloth, Director


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Two CSU students among 18 nationally designated as graduate fellows by Hispanic higher education group

CSU Higher Education Leadership students Bri Sérráno and Eileen Galvez are among 18 people named as fellows of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

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Outstanding grad finds her home in Colorado State’s Family and Consumer Sciences Program

Kathrynn Hamada’s journey to graduation shows that not all students reach this milestone on a direct path, but rather arrive via a winding road.

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Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences grad builds connections, overcomes challenges to becoming a teacher

Molly Ranger overcame a number of challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including being trapped in another state when the pandemic hit.

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Local Latinx and Indigenous high school students celebrate cultural wealth at Caminos event

Nearing its 7th year, Caminos seeks to affirm Latinx and Indigenous high school students through mentor- and femtorship.

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Student Affairs in Higher Education Program preparing next generation of leaders in higher education

The School of Education’s Student Affairs in Higher Education Program has been a fixture at CSU for more than 50 years.

Research and Scholarship

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Q&A with Susan Faircloth about her leadership role in the National Indian Education Study

Susan C. Faircloth, professor and director of the School, joined the NIES Technical Review Panel in 2005 and was appointed its chair in 2016.

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School of Education student Lauren Vilen recognized for outstanding research at the CSU Grad Show

CSU College of Health and Human Sciences graduate students showcased their research at the 2021 Grad Show sponsored by the Graduate School.

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Jill Zarestky featured in new podcast on the impact of CSU Health and Human Sciences Research

Podcasts have been exploding across the entertainment sector, and now the CSU College of Health and Human Sciences is unveiling its own to be added to your queue.

Colorful text reading: Diversity Symposium 2021

School of Education faculty, students, and alumni present at 2021 Diversity Symposium – view recordings now!

Numerous faculty, students, and alumni of the School of Education presented at the 2021 Colorado State University Diversity Symposium, October 25-29. The Education Strand took place on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Access recordings at the link.

New Faculty

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Advocate and researcher: Meet faculty member Alex Lange

Alex Lange is a new assistant professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. They have devoted much of their life to research aimed at helping fellow educators make college campuses a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ students.

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School welcomes back former student as a faculty member: Meet Kody Roper

Kody Roper was a student of the School of Education at Colorado State University, where he fostered his passion for therapy and counseling. Now, after working as a trauma-focused counselor, he’s returning as a faculty member at the college.

SOE Faculty Write for 'The Conversation'

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Tribal colleges empower Native students with an affordable, culturally relevant education – but need more funding

Tribal Colleges and Universities emerged in the 1960s during the self-determination era, in which Native Americans sought greater autonomy and self-governance.

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Four unexpected places where adults can learn science

Learn about four alternative venues where the general public can enjoy nature, engage in hands-on science learning, and get a behind-the-scenes look at scientific research in action.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Why it’s replacing Columbus Day in many places

A growing number of states have begun to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day – a holiday meant to honor the culture and history of the people living in the Americas.

Awards and Recognitions

Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent awards and recognitions:

SOE alumnus Kevin Unger and his wife Stacy received the Charles A. Lory Public Service Award.


Antonette Aragon received the 2021-2022 College of Health and Human Sciences Faculty Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award.


SAHE graduate, Karina Brum – is the recipient of Northern Colorado’s BizWest 40 Under Forty Award.


Susan C. Faircloth was named as the Editor of Oxford Bibliographies in Education.


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