Joe Lott, PhD, is an associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. He studies racial identity development and civic engagement among Black students in college, the impact of college experiences on civic and political dispositions, and how to change the college-going culture through parent-school-community partnerships. His emerging research interests revolve around how to leverage university-community partnerships to foster wellness and educational achievement for males of color along the P-20 continuum. He teaches classes on applied statistics, civic engagement in higher education, school-community partnerships, sociology of education, and student development.
Director of Research & Programs
Theresa Ling Yeh, PhD, oversees the research-to-practice work of the Brotherhood Initiative, which involves curriculum design as well as assessment and evaluation, and ensuring that these continually inform each other. Her research focuses on the impact of race, gender and socioeconomic status on postsecondary access and engagement, and her areas of expertise include mixed-methods research and program evaluation. She has over 15 years of professional experience working in higher education and non-profit sectors, focusing on college access and retention, service-learning, multicultural affairs, and federal TRIO programs. Ling has a PhD in Education Leadership & Policy from the University of Washington, an MA in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Student Success Coordinator
Paul Metellus is the Student Success Coordinator for the Brotherhood Initiative. His primary role includes direct support and advising to the Brotherhood Initiative student scholars. His professional experience spans student conduct, multicultural and diversity affairs and residential life. Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a minor in English from the University of Florida and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration of College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida.
Tory Brundage is a PhD student in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Washington. His professional experience spans college admissions, academic advising, public health, study abroad and diversity programming with particular emphasis on the experience of students in the college and selective major choice processes. His research seeks to examine science education, identity development and academics success for males of color in pre-health pathways within higher education with particular emphasis on the barriers faces by Black males pursuing medicine at predominantly White institutions.
Christian K. Love is a PhD student in Higher Education at the University of Washington. His research is focused on the academic, social and professional experiences of students of color at predominantly white institutions through student engagement and retention-based initiatives. Specifically, he is interested in examining how service learning and role-model mentorship models impact the educational attainment of students of color in postsecondary education with respect to equity and access, recruitment, retention and achievement.
Dalya Perez is a passionate community organizer and has worked on equity issues ranging from public health disparities for Latinx communities, to LGBTQ youth empowerment, and organizing around the intersections of identity for queer people of color and Jews of color. She worked for 6 years as an undergraduate academic adviser at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. She has her Masters in Education and is a PhD student in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Washington. Her work broadly emphasizes issues of access, recruitment and retention of students of color within higher education. Her research has examined the concepts of schooling as a tool of colonialism, the role of campus as a site of student protest, and she recently completed a thesis investigating the histories of Filipino Americans and their involvement in the Seattle Civil Rights Movement and how this complicates our notions of race. In her current position as a Graduate Staff Assistant in the Brotherhood Initiative she works collaboratively to support undergraduate males of color to be successful at the University of Washington and is deeply committed to building vibrant learning communities centered on social justice and collective liberation.
Valerie Schweigert is a PhD student in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Washington. She received her M.Ed. in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington as well and holds a B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from Wells College. Her research interests include investigating students of color identity construction and development—specifically for mixed identified, transnational students of color— and how that impacts their cultivation of community, sense of ‘belonging’, and navigation of their undergraduate experience at PWIs. She has extensive undergraduate and concurrent experience with youth empowerment, social justice advocacy, and anti-racism/anti-colonial/anti-oppression work along with facilitation of peer-to-peer mentorship programs. As a queer mixed Filipina American and scholar, she seeks to center marginal and underrepresented identities through transformative praxis and best serve students by addressing their needs with intersectional approaches.
Sara London is an Aleut Scholar and PhD student in Higher Education at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on Native students living with disabilities and their recruitment, access and retention issues in higher education. She received her Masters in Education and has years of experience working with the Lummi community. Including working for a non-profit focusing on creating healthy spaces for youth and being a painter in the House of Tears carving and painting group where she was able to paint on healing totem poles that stand throughout the nation. Her main passion is mentorship. She mentors youth in hopes to set an example and provide support for their personal and educational journeys.
Kandi Bauman is a PhD student in Higher Education at the University of Washington. She holds a dual Bachelor of Science & Arts and Masters of Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College. Raised in Southwest Washington, Kandi is a former Gates Millennium Scholar and first-generation college student. With over ten years of experience as a student affairs practitioner, her research interests centers on strengthening post-secondary access and success by developing effective institutional leaders and equity-focused policies.
Jaylen Willingham is a recent multiracial first-generation college graduate from the University of Washington Seattle with an Honors B.A. in Communication and a minor in Informatics. Jaylen is a two-time Mary Gates Scholar and assists with BI’s digital marketing and communication design. He will be attending the UW again in Fall 2020 in the Software Product Management Certificate Program.