Frederick Aldama is an Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor and founder and director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's LASER. He is also founder and co-director of the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. In his research and teaching he uses the tools of narrative theory and cognitive science to enrich understanding of literature, art, music, film, comic books, and video games by and about Latinos.
Dorinda J. Gallant
Dr. Gallant serves as the Interim Director of the Ohio LSAMP Alliance. She is an associate professor and former program chair of quantitative research, evaluation and measurement (QREM) program in the Department of Educational Studies, College of Education and Human Ecology. She has served as a Translational Data Analytics Institute (formerly the Translational Data Analytics Discovery Theme) Faculty-In-Residence. As a faculty member in QREM, she prepares the next generation of education researchers through courses such as advanced research methods, sampling designs and survey research methods, introduction to educational measurement, instrument construction, introduction to educational evaluation, and introduction to educational statistics. Dr. Gallant holds a BA in Mathematics, a MEd in Secondary Education Mathematics, and a PhD in Educational Research. Dr. Gallant has taught mathematics both in K-12 (teacher, middle and high school) and post-secondary (lecturer, two-year institution) educational settings. Broadly, Dr. Gallant's research interest is applied measurement in education. She has conducted research within the areas of validity evidences to support interpretation and use of test scores, fairness in testing, and program effectiveness.
Samuel R. Hodge
Dr. Hodge serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Within Administration/Special Programs, he will act as lead faculty for ODI's Preparing for the Professoriate; serve as lead faculty for ODI's ABD Retreat; and act as lead faculty for a new ODI Faculty of Color Writing Retreat. Additionally, he will develop and teach a dissertation preparation course/seminar for doctoral students connected to ODI and its mission. Dr. Hodge is currently a full professor of Kinesiology in the Department of Human Sciences, within the College of Education and Human Ecology. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and chapters in edited books. For his work, he also has received numerous prestigious awards and honors, such as the Bell National Resource Center's Valerie B. Lee Distinguished Service Award. For more than 20 years, Dr. Hodge has actively recruited, advised, mentored, and provided guidance to numerous individuals from diverse backgrounds including faculty and students from historically marginalized and minoritized populations.
Jacquelyn C. A. Meshelemiah
Dr. Jacquelyn C. A. Meshelemiah is a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as well as the Director of the Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color. In this role, she will re-establish and coordinate the undergraduate and graduate students of color retreat for women; attend and coordinate a trip to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Weekend Conference for undergraduate and graduate women of color; provide ongoing programming and success coaching to undergraduate and graduate women of color; and coordinate and, if necessary, develop special professional development opportunities for women of color, who are undergraduate and graduate students.