Wheelhouse 2022 Summer Scholars

Congratulations to the inaugural cohort of Wheelhouse Summer Scholars! Meet this accomplished group of 12 Ph.D. and Ed.D. students doing equity-focused research on the California community colleges. Fellowship awardees will present their work in progress in an informal setting in September, with opportunities for feedback from peers and faculty in the Wheelhouse Scholars Network.


Portrait of Michelle BatistaMichelle Y. Batista

Third year Ed.D. student with an equity and social justice focus in the educational leadership program at California State University, San Francisco

Research Project: “Fuerza Colectiva: COLEGAS Changing the Paradigm of California Community Colleges”


Portrait of Laleh CotéLaleh Coté

Sixth year Ph.D. student in the science education program at the University of California, Berkeley School of Education

Research Project: “Impacts of a STEM Internship At a National Laboratory on Community College Student Academic and Career Trajectories”


Joshua Dorman

Third year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine School of Education 

Research Project: “An Investigation of Three Community College Interventions: Extended Opportunity Program and Services, Embedded Tutors, Simultaneous Enrollment”


Portrait of Cynthia EstradaCynthia Estrada

Fourth year Ph.D. student in social science and comparative education program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Education and Information Studies

Research project: “Latina Community College Presidents:  Drawing from Cultural Intuition to Redefine Leadership and Drive Student Equity”


Portrait of Fernando GarciaFernando Garcia

Third year Ph.D. student in the higher education and organizational change (HEOC) program at the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies

Research project: “Harvesting Semillas: The Role of Undergraduate Research for Community College”


Portrait of Sidronio JacoboSidronio Jacobo

Fourth year Ph.D. student in the HEOC program at the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies

Research project: “A Complex Pathway To Simplicity: A Case Study of Guided Pathways Design and Implementation at a California Community College”


Mayra Nuñez Martinez 

Third year Ph.D. student in school organization and education policy program at University of California, Davis School of Education

Research project: “Access to What and for Whom? Examining the Geography of Transfer College (In)Opportunity for Latina/o/x Students”



Portrait of Jamie MooreJamie Moore

Third year Ph.D. student in Interdisciplinary Humanities at University of California, Merced 

Research project: “Daughtering and Familial Metaphors in the Social Coordination of Black and Biracial Community College Faculty”


Gabriela Nuno

Fourth year Ed.D. student in the educational leadership program at California State University, Stanislaus

Research project: “Staying On the Path: The Experiences of Latinx Community College Students with Advising Redesigned for Guided Pathways”


Portrait of Rachel PolakoskiRachel Polakoski

Third year Ed.D. student of the Community College/Postsecondary Leadership (CCLEAD) doctoral program at California State University, San Diego (CSUSD)

Research project: “Changing the Way We Teach: A Look Inside the Post-AB 705 Transfer-level Math Classroom”


Portrait of Helen YoungHelen P. Young

Third year Ed.D. student in the CCLEAD doctoral program at CSUSD

Research project: “Our Choice; Exploring the Experiences of Black Men that Transfer from California Community Colleges to HBCUs”



Elif Yucel

Third year Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education

Research project: “What Happens When You’re Free: Navigating the Nexus of Higher Education and Criminal Legal Reentry”


The Wheelhouse Summer Scholars Fellowship Award is a $1,500 summer stipend to recognize and support the work of  emerging scholars whose qualitative and/or quantitative research focuses on California Community Colleges and furthers equitable opportunities and outcomes for the students they serve.

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