Directory

Carol Brochin

Carol Brochin

We The People Co-Director

Project co- director Dr. Carol Brochin is an assistant professor of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies focusing on bilingual and multicultural teacher preparation. She worked as a middle school and high school literature teacher and served as a teacher consultant with the National Writing Project (NWP). She was director of the West Texas Writing Project at the University of Texas at El Paso leading numerous PD grants. She also received grant funding from Humanities Texas in partnership with NEH to provide PD for teachers to use Mexican American and Borderlands literature in K-12 classrooms

Leah Durán

Leah Durán

We The People Co-Director

Project co-director Dr. Leah Durán is an assistant professor of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, who taught in elementary ESL and bilingual classrooms. She teaches courses on children's literature, language development and literacy instruction. As a teacher educator, she provides bimonthly professional development to mentor teachers and pre-service teachers. As a scholar, she works with in-service teachers to engage in inquiry-based design research related to literacy teaching. She coordinates a local outreach program called Wildcat Literacy Studio which pairs pre-service teachers with children in Tucson public schools.

Kathy Short

We The People Co-Director

Project Director Kathy G. Short is a professor of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies with an expertise in children’s and adolescent literature and is Director of Worlds of Words. She has experience as an elementary teacher and reading specialist and her research focuses on curriculum development with global literature in K-12 classrooms. As director of Worlds of Words, she organizes professional learning opportunities for educators and travels extensively to work with K-12 teachers around the world. She is past president of the National Council of Teachers of English and of the United States Board of Books for Young People.

Angelica Serrano

We the People Teacher Leader

Teacher Leader, Angelica Serrano, is a bilingual elementary teacher at a public school in Tucson that serves Latinx children. As part of the planning team, she will focus on how the seminar can capitalize on the experiences and needs of K-12 educators.

Luis Carlos Davis

Dr. Luis Carlos Davis is an award- winning director/producer of documentaries and a senior media technician at the University of Arizona.

Michael Engs

Dr. Michael Engs engages in research on the contributions of African-American communities to Arizona and works with projects at the Dunbar Pavilion African American Arts and Cultural Center.

Jill Koyama

Jill Koyama

Dr. Jill Koyama, a cultural anthropologist, is an Associate Professor in Educational Policy Studies & Practice and is Coordinator for the Educational Leadership Program at the University of Arizona. Her research has centered on how refugees access and create support networks, make space for their families, and engage civically in the United States. Her publications challenge notions of global citizenship, civic engagement, and public education.

Patricia Preciado Martin

Patricia Preciado Martin is an oral historian who developed the Mexican Heritage Project at the Arizona Historical Society and authored award-winning books of oral history and short stories on Mexican-American communities.

Alyce Sadongei

Alyce Sadongei

Alyce Sadongei (Kiowa/Tohono O'odham), Project Coordinator of the American Indian Language Development Institute at the University of Arizona, has a career history of working with Native American arts and culture. She worked at the Arizona State Museum on projects focusing on tribal libraries, archives and museums and at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution where she developed outreach programs.

Tom Sheridan

Thomas Sheridan

Dr. Thomas Sheridan is a Distinguished Outreach Professor and Research Anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology at The Southwest Center and the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. His book, Arizona: A History was used to create the framework of this institute around historical time periods. Sheridan has conducted ethnographic and ethnohistoric research in the Southwest and northern Mexico since 1971. He directed the Mexican Heritage Project at the Arizona Historical Society and was director of the Office of Ethnohistorical Research at the Arizona State Museum.

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez

Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez

Dr. Carlos Vélez- Ibáñez is a Regent’s Professor and the Motorola Presidential Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization of the School of Transborder Studies, Professor of Human Evolution and Social Change, the Founding Director Emeritus of the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University, and Emeritus Professor of Anthropology of the University of California, Riverside. His scholarship focuses on the transborder region of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico.

Joan Sandin

Joan Sandin

Joan Sandin is the author/illustrator of Celebrate Arizona!