Note on Graduate Student Representatives (GSR): GSRs facilitate mechanisms and spaces by which students in the program can contribute to discussions about the program and degree. In this capacity they serve as a resource to other students and the program director.
2017 Cohort: Ayva Thomas
2018 Cohort: Kirby Stolzoff
Read about some of our dynamic Cultural Studies students, their educational backgrounds, and research interests.
Abbie Altamirano is a student passionate about social justice, higher education, and research. Her hometown in Fresno, Ca and graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wa with a major in Sociology and minors in Criminal Justice and Women and Gender Studies. During her undergrad, she participated in a series of rallies, studied abroad, creates culturally diverse events, working within the center for global engagement, served as VP of the Latinz org on campus and helped start the ethnic studies minor.
Abbie's passions rely mostly in diversity and inclusion of faculty and staff on college campuses (what her undergraduate research was in) and identity formation of people of color.
Research Interests: Identity formation, Staff and Faculty of Color in Higher Education
Academic Background: Gonzaga University, B.A. Sociology