GSE 2017–18 Dean’s Fund for Excellence supports promising new research projects

The Dean’s Fund for Excellence allows the GSE to invest in opportune and beneficial projects that improve our school, our community, and the education profession. With these grants, GSE faculty members are able to initiate new projects that accelerate their scholarly agenda and can move them forward to seek greater funding sources.

“This is a significant investment in research for the GSE,” said Moti Hara, who is the new GSE Director of Research. “We are grateful for the dean’s leadership in making research a priority for our school.”

This year’s grant recipients address issues of diversity in a myriad of ways. Rana Yaghmaian wants to learn more about how women of color are perceived by traditional medical professionals. Amanda Sugimoto and Torrey Kulow are developing curriculum to help classroom teachers instigate math discussions with diverse K–12 students. Molly Siuty is leading a coaching project in the Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP) that will support students in the new Think College Inclusion Oregon project. Ingrid Anderson is at the cusp of a transformative project that will bring culturally responsive preschools to all of Multnomah County. Each of these projects reinforces the GSE’s mission to prepare our students for diverse learning environments.

Thanks to the hard work of this year’s grant review committee: Hanoch Livneh, faculty emeritus in Counselor Education; Ann Fullerton, professor in Special Education; Moti Hara, GSE Director of Research.

Read about each of these projects as they are posted on the GSE blog over the next week.

For more information or to contribute to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, or any other GSE fund, please contact Scott Shlaes,, or call 503-725-4789.

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