Meet Our Editorial Board
Assistant Director Transition and Retention | Graduate School Diversity Office
Maija Brown, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director of Transition and Retention at the Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO). In this role, she leads the GSDO Summer Institute and co-directs the Community of Scholars Program. As an educator (University of Minnesota, Macalester College), Maija has taught theater/dance courses that examine histories of race and gender in performance and has facilitated movement/embodiment workshops for over a decade. Maija has written for the Walker Art Center’s 4th Wall, Good Job (a Twin Cities dance publication), and in 2020 facilitated writing workshops for the Northern Lights Organization series Artists on the Verge (AOV11).
Sean Cameron Golden
Sean Cameron Golden is a fugitive scholar attempting to subvert the system built from Western epistemes from within. As a third-year Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction, Sean has taught his students in Diversity of Children’s Literature to unlearn what canonized society has taught is “right” by encouraging them to make their own picture books, creating stories they wanted to see when they were growing up. Working through the wake, Sean studies with/in a lineage of BlackCrit thinkers thinking through how Black folx combat anti-Blackness. This is Sean’s second year as a SPARK editor; he has enjoyed his time amplifying BIPOC voices so their work and language can be heard more widely.
Kassandra Chhay is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Culture and Teaching program. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Socio-cultural Anthropology with certificates in Southeast Asian (SEA) Studies and Peace and Social Justice Studies. Her research interests include the identity development of SEA American students and the racial/ethnic representations of Asians in popular media. Specifically, she would like to explore what success means to these students and how their multiple identities influence their cultural ways of knowing and being. Her work is intended to cultivate an inclusive learning environment where every student is heard, seen, and loved.
Elizabeth Mejicano is a second-year M.A. student in Evaluation Studies and serves as a graduate writing consultant for the Community of Scholars Program (COSP). She has an M.S. in Natural Resources Science and Management and a B.S. in Conservation Biology, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. Elizabeth previously worked in federal land management for nine years focusing on wilderness research and monitoring for the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies. Today, her research focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion in natural resources and environmental organizations.
Chelsea Osademe is from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College in 2017, and master’s degree in English from Kansas State University in 2019. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in the American Studies department. She is a part of the Critical Black Studies cohort and a Creating Inclusive Cohorts fellow. Her research interests focus on the relationship between gothic aesthetics and notions of citizenship and anti-Blackness in African American literature and culture.
Kristen Reynolds is a creative writer and scholar exploring the intersection of anti-Blackness and technology. She is currently a second-year doctoral student in American Studies at the University of Minnesota where she researches the relationship between early modern histories of race, plantation experimentation, and Big Tech. Her long-term research goals include identifying how Black speculative art manifests alternative technofutures.