Landing a place in a prestigious PhD program after romance in Italy

College of Education alumna Lindsey Erickson was a stand-out student who has been accepted into a prestigious PhD program at Monash University. Photo courtesy of Erickson

By Jillian Daley

A PSU College of Education (COE) graduate has earned a place in a PhD program in Australia, a year after falling in love during a trip to Italy.

Lindsey Erickson, who received a Master in Early Childhood from the COE in June 2020, learned in September that she had been accepted into a prestigious scholarship PhD program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The program is the Migration, Diversity & Inclusion PhD Project/Scholarship with Scanlon Foundation/Monash University, and her project is called Capturing Diversity and Social Cohesion in Modern Australia.

“The whole project is about capturing the experiences of different migrant subgroups and how that can help us improve social cohesion throughout Australia,” explains Erickson, who will complete the PhD program in February 2024.

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A well-timed project: PSU partners on anti-bias education film

John Nimmo is working on an anti-bias film with colleague Debbie LeeKeenan. Photo courtesy of Nimmo

By Jillian Daley

The early 2021 release date of Portland State Associate Professor John Nimmo and colleague Debbie LeeKeenan’s anti-bias education film seems so perfectly in line with the current cultural shift that they couldn’t have planned it better had they tried.

In a way, it’s no coincidence. Advancing equity and eliminating discrimination are Nimmo and LeeKeenan’s longtime passions, so it’s no surprise that their voices should be among those crying out for change. It just happens that more people may be paying attention right now. By the end of this year, filming should be a wrap on Reflecting on Anti-Bias Education in Practice, which will feature an analysis of anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms. What’s different about this film is its direct focus on teachers’ own reflections, rather than solely relying upon experts and research. This offers crucial insight into the complexities of practicing anti-bias teaching in real-life settings.

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