DEI has a new team of facilitators and educators, which includes:
Brandelyn Franks Flunder serves as Director and Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Engagement Center. Brandelyn graduated from UT in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and again in 2013 with a Master of Education from the Program in Higher Education Leadership with a focus in College and University Student Personnel Administration. She wishes to eventually pursue a terminal degree in Higher Education Administration with a focus on the efficacy of public charter school models in cultivating college readiness. A minimalist by nature, she believes that personal satisfaction is drawn from doing good; not because you will get public recognition for it, but simply because it is the right thing to do. In her limited spare time, she enjoys spending lazy Saturday mornings with her favorite three guys: her husband Travis and sons Tashun (11) and Trenton (2), reading for pleasure, and dreaming of ways to make her mark on the world.
Veronica Jones is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Program in Higher Education Leadership in the Department of Educational Administration. Dr. Jones received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A & M University. Her research focuses on multidimensional identity development, student success and pathways for students of color, and student engagement related to institutional diversity.
Tracie Lowe is a doctoral student in the Program in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Texas at Austin. She currently works as a graduate assistant in the Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement and will also be working with the Diversity Education Initiatives committee. Tracie holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, both from Texas A&M University. Tracie formerly served as Assistant Director of Campus Relations and Programming for the First Scholars® program of the Suder Foundation where she developed retention programming for first-generation students at seven public four-year public universities across the nation. Her experiences also include work with first-year experience learning communities and student organization advising.
Ryan A. Miller, Ph.D., serves as Director for Inclusion and Equity at The University of Texas at Austin. In his role, he leads development and administration of the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action program for the university. Ryan is an accomplished higher education administrator, researcher, and instructor, with professional experience at three universities spanning the areas of admissions, federal TRiO programs, institutional research, intergroup dialogue, LGBTQ affairs, student conduct, and student development. Ryan received his Ph.D. in educational administration at The University of Texas at Austin, with a doctoral portfolio in disability studies. He received his mater’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors from UT-Austin, earning both degrees as a Point Scholar. Ryan’s research and publishing focus on the conditions for creating inclusive campus cultures in higher education and students’ intersectional identity development processes, with emphasis on disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Richard J. Reddick is an Associate Professor of Educational Administration in the College of Education, with courtesy appointments in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS), and the Warfield Center of African and African American Studies (WCAAAS). Dr. Reddick is also a fellow with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) and the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA), all at The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on several areas: the experiences of Black faculty and faculty of color at predominantly White institutions; mentoring and developmental relationships between faculty and Black students; and work-life balance in academia. Reddick’s research has been published in the American Educational Research Journal and Harvard Educational Review, featured on NPR and the Associated Press, and he has co-authored and co-edited four scholarly books.
Ana “Ixchel” Rosal, Executive Director, Student Diversity Initiatives – Ixchel Rosal has over twenty years of experience providing organizational leadership. She currently serves as the executive director of Student Diversity Initiatives where she has oversight over the Gender and Sexuality Center: Serving Women and LGBTQ Communities and the Multicultural Engagement Center. Both units are student resource centers within the University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Through her work with these units, Ixchel has developed a focus within student affairs on student leadership and identity development, as well as campus climate issues. Prior to her tenure in higher education, Ixchel was a community cultural development worker; she worked with community-based arts organizations as a program coordinator using the arts and other forms of cultural production to build capacity within historically marginalized communities. In addition to her work at the university, Ixchel serves as an Advisory Circle member of Mamas of Color Rising, a community-based coalition of mothers advocating for improved birthing conditions for low-income women of color.