Student Profile

Kaitlyn Murray
PhD Student - Science & Agriculture Education

Kait Murray is an educator and researcher of community leadership whose work focuses on improving the lives of culturally diverse people in agricultural education, both in and outside of schools. She is broadly interested in how culturally diverse students navigate agricultural and environmental learning (counter)spaces: how they create them, experience them, transform them, and are transformed by them. Drawing on community leadership, multicultural education, and equity studies, Kait collaborates with communities to co-create more just learning spaces that center the lived and community knowledges of participants. In doing so, she seeks to disrupt dominant narratives of who belongs and who leads in the field of agriculture.

 

Research

Current Projects
  • LGBTQ+ agricultural education. Graduate Researcher with Dr. Cary Trexler

  • Experiences of LGBTQ+ agriculturalists, farmers, and industry employees. Collaborator.

  • Science and leadership identity development in the context of a field-based science and leadership program for girls and nonbinary youth. Principal Investigator.

Past Projects
Publications

Murray, K. A., Stollar, M., McClellan, R., King, J., & Hattey, J. (2018). A Systematic Map and Scoping Review of Soft Skill Assessment Instruments for College Students and Peer Mentoring Programs. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal.

Murray, K. A., & Pullin, A. N. (2018). Advocating for Diversity through Peer Panels. The Agricultural Education Magazine, 90(6). 13-15.

Presentations

Dynarski, K., Murray, K., & Holzer, I. (2018). Engaging girls and nonbinary youth in field-based science and leadership development through a free program in Sequoia National Park. SEKI Science Symposium, Three Rivers, California.

Murray, K., Stollar, M., McClellan, R. (2017). The role of student-participant-researchers in co-constructing knowledge: Designing a participatory evaluation of an established Peer Mentoring Program. Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Murray, K., King, J., Hattey, J. (2017). Relationship between Engaging in Socio-Cultural Discussions and Major. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Murray, K., Stollar, M., McClellan, R., King, J., Hattey, J. (2017). Evaluating Measurements of Leadership for Peer Mentors and Leaders. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Murray, K. (2017) Resume Building: Transforming Leadership Experience from a Bullet Point to an Interview. Conference of The Ohio LSAMP Alliance:  Empowerment through our Shared Vision. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Murray, K. (2017) Resume Building: Transforming Leadership Experience from a Bullet Point to an Interview. Rocky Mountain Peer Leader Conference. Denver, Colorado.

Fink, B. & Murray, K. (2016). Peer Mentoring in STEM: Training for Mentors. Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois.  

Murray, K. & Hattey, J. (2016). Relationship Building Begins Before Day One: Essential Tips to Ensure a Successful First Meeting with Protégés. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis National Mentoring Symposium. Indianapolis, Indiana.  

Westover, M., Brown, K. Murray, K., Hattey, J. (2016). Comparing Mentor and Protégé Demographics. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis National Mentoring Symposium. Indianapolis, Indiana.  

Stollar, M., Murray, K., Hattey, J. (2016). Measuring Soft Skill Development in Peer Mentors. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis National Mentoring Symposium. Indianapolis, Indiana.  

Dempsey, K. Murray, K., Hattey, J. (2016). Expectations versus Reality of the Mentoring Role from the Perspective of a First Time Mentor. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis National Mentoring Symposium. Indianapolis, Indiana.  

Murray, K., Hattey, J., King, J. (2016). Mentoring the Mentor: Supporting Mentor Outcomes in an Innovative College Student Peer Mentoring Program. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.  

Murray, K. & King, J. (2016). Strengthening Conflict Management and Mediation Skills for 4-H Professionals. Ohio State 4-H Professional’s In-Service Update. Columbus, OH.

Rodriguez, M., Henderson, K, Murray, K. (2016) Teaching Teens to be Better Teachers. Ohio 4-H Conference. Columbus, OH.

Murray, K. & King, J. (2015). Strengthening Conflict Management Skills. Ohio State University Extension Annual Conference. Columbus, OH.

Murray, K. & Pullin, A. (2013). Diversity Initiatives at the Student Level in Agriculture. Diversity Leadership Symposium: Enriching Our Cultural Competencies. Columbus, OH.

Murray, K. (2013) Celebrating the Brand of You: Engaging and Mobilizing Communities as a Student. Alltech International Symposium. Lexington, KY.

Outreach

 

Kait leads the curriculum development and evaluation of Girls’ Outdoor Adventure in Leadership and Science (GOALS), an organization that seeks to cultivate and embolden the next generation of STEM leaders through an immersive, field-based science program and a year-long mentoring program. GOALS embodies the radical notion that girls– inclusive of all trans, cis, genderqueer, and nonbinary youth who identify with girlhood – are scientists and leaders who are already changing the world. We invite youth to see themselves this way through community science projects and youth-led independent research projects. We help them develop the tools to succeed through a culturally sustaining, place-based curriculum and structured guidance from female National Parks leaders and university scientists. 

 

Education

PhD in Education – Science & Agriculture Education, University of California, Davis. In progress.

MS in Agricultural Extension Education – Community Leadership, The Ohio State University. 2017.

Thesis: Exploring the Leadership Development of Undergraduate Students of Agriculture at The Ohio State University.

BS in Agriculture – Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University. 2013.

BS in Biology, The Ohio State University. 2012.

Contact Information

Email: kamurray@ucdavis.edu

Twitter: @kaitmurray471

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