Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners of MRN awards:
Multiracial Network Research of the Year Award is presented to
Dra. Aurora Chang
For exemplifying cutting-edge research devoted to the enhancement of multiracial education
Once an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala and raised in Richmond, California in a family of eight, Dra. (Doctora) Aurora Chang is now an assistant professor in Teaching and Learning at Loyola University’s School of Education, where she teaches coursework on social justice education, school reform, undocumented students, Chicana Feminist Epistemology, and urban schooling. Her research focuses on the intersection of education, identity and agency within traditionally marginalized communities. She focuses on undocumented students’ paths of educational survival, resistance and persistence, how these experiences affect the “American” sociopolitical landscape and what educators can do to support them.
Her other research interests include: cultural studies in education, identity, agency and education with a focus on Multiracial & Latina/o students, experiences of female faculty of color and Chicana Feminist Theory. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, Chang has worked in various roles within the educational field including: a high school English/ESL teacher in California, academic programs director at UC Berkeley’s Early Academic Outreach Program, educational manager at The College Board, student affairs administrator at the University of Texas at Austin and Director of the McNair Scholars Program at Beloit College. In all of her roles, she has maintained her role as a classroom teacher.
Dra. (Doctora) Aurora Chang is an educator, a scholar and an editor with over twenty peer-reviewed publications in top journals such as the Harvard Educational Review; Race, Ethnicity and Education; and The Urban Review. Her publications include “Undocumented to Hyperdocumented: A Jornada of Papers, Protection and Ph.D. Status” in the Harvard Educational Review, “Reflections of a Racial Queer” in the Journal of Multicultural Perspectives and “Becoming Academicians: A Critical Ethnographic Analysis of the Figured Worlds of Pre-tenure Female Faculty of Color,” in the Negro Educational Review. Her latest articles include: Pedagogical Riesgos (Risks): Carving a Mestiza Consciousness Space for a Chicana Feminist Educator and an Undocumented Chicana Student, Undocumented Intelligence: Laying Low by Achieving High as a Good NonCitizen Citizen, Writing for Publication: Latina Faculty/Staff of Color’s Perspectives on Scholarship Production and Figured worlds & American dreams: a nexploration of agency and identity among Latinx undocumented students.
Her first book, The Struggles of Identity, Education, and Agency in the Lives of Undocumented Students: The Burden of Hyperdocumentation, was recently released. This project weaves together two distinct and powerfully related sources of knowledge: (1) her journey/transition from a once undocumented immigrant from Guatemala to a hyperdocumented academic, and (2) five years of ongoing national research on the identity, education and agency of undocumented college students (Chang, 2014, 2015, 2016). In interlacing both personal experiences with findings from empirical qualitative research, this book explores practical and theoretical pedagogical, curricular and policy-related discussions around issues that impact undocumented immigrants while provide compelling rich narrative vignettes (both personal and from her study participants). Collectively, these findings support her overall argument that undocumented students’ quest to achieve academically simultaneously cultivates an empowering self-identity while forcing them to involuntarily perform the role of infallible non-citizen citizen.
She identifies as an activist-scholar-educator and is passionate about using her roles as platforms for those who are silenced in the process of schooling.
Multiracial Network Anniversary Award is presented to
Dr. Beth John
For exceptional leadership in advancing multiracial awareness in higher education
Beth John has been working in higher education for 17 years. She is currently the Director of First Year Experience and adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Leadership Graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Beth also serves as a Dissertation Advisor for the Edgewood College Doctoral program in Educational Leadership. Beth received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Edgewood College and her M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Beth’s primary areas of interest and research include multiracial identity development, first year students, and students in transition. Beth has been actively involved with ACPA for many years and has held several leadership positions within the Commission for Student Involvement, Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs: MultiRacial Network (MRN), and the Mid-Level Community of Practice. She has been involved with MRN since 2009 and is a past chair. Beth serves a co-advisor to the first Mixed Race Student Union (mXd) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which was established in 2015.
We will be formally recognizing our award winners during our Open Business Meeting on Tuesday, March 13th, 8:30am-9:30am in Hilton Americas-Houston – Meeting Room 339B at the annual ACPA Convention in Houston, TX.