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Doctoral students present at Research for Women in Education conference

Posted: November 01, 2018  |  by Dreeben School of Education
Filed Under: Dreeben School of Education

Sandra L. Guzman Foster, Ph.D., assistant professor, Catherine Rogers-Casarez, Christina Perez, Doleatha J. Thomas, and July Ann Armijo, doctoral students in the Graduate Studies Program at the Dreeben School of Education, presented at the 44th Annual Research on Women and Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

This year's conference theme, "Reclaiming Our Time: Disrupting Privilege, Racism and Violence Against Women and Girls," focused on sharing work and building a sense of collegiality and fellowship by scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, K-12 educators and students, and community activists.

"They did a fantastic job presenting their work and representing UIW Dreeben School of Education," Dr. Guzman Foster said. See each doctoral student's presentation title and the abstract description below. 

Sandra L. Guzman FosterCatherine Rogers-Casarez and Sandra L. Guzman Foster, Ph.D. 

Doctoral Student in Organizational Leadership and Assistant Professor

Title of Presentation: Positivity: A Weapon to be Unleashed

Abstract of Presentation: Research that examines the experiences of women whose joyful leader leadership characteristics are seen as weaknesses rather than strengths is needed. The joyful leader is a transformative leader, a leader that will embark on changing the campus culture from one of status quo to one of empowerment, motivation, and gratitude. 


Christina Perez

Christina Perez

Doctoral Student in Organizational Leadership

Title of Presentation: Bridging Healthcare and HIT for Mexican American Female Physicians in SA

Abstract of Presentation: Health Information Technology (HIT) within the healthcare industry will improve the quality of healthcare, prevent medical errors, reduce overuse, decrease paperwork, and capture gaps in care. Usage of HIT within the health care industry has not exceeded 50% nationally, and locally in San Antonio, Whites lead in usage at 60%, Mexican Americans at 22% and Female Mexican Americans at 6% usage. Before we can start to find patients gaps in the care we need to find a solution to bridge the gaps between HIT and healthcare to be able to move forward to give actual quality in care, reduction in cost, and patient satisfaction


Doleatha J. Thomas

Doleatha J. Thomas

Doctoral Student in International Education and Entrepreneurship

Title of Presentation: Women’s Empowerment: Examination of Empowerment as a Tool for Social Change for Afro-Mexican Women in the Rural Areas of Guerrero, Mexico

Abstract of Presentation: Research that examines the experiences of marginalized women who lack the resources, education, and training opportunities that could otherwise assist them to rise above their personal and socioeconomic circumstance in underdeveloped nations is needed. Empowered women are self-sufficient decision makers who contribute to the economies in which they live.


July Ann Armijo

July Ann Armijo

Doctoral Student in Organizational Leadership

Title of Presentation: What barriers prevent Mexican American women from completing graduate programs?

Abstract of Presentation: The purpose of this research is identifying a few of the barriers that Mexican American women endure that cause them from completing their graduate studies. This paper reviewed the literature to establish a framework of barriers such as stereotyping of both women and the Mexican American culture, socioeconomic status and finally the support systems of family and friends.


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