Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity

Staff & Students

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Elizabeth Litzler

Director  |  elitzler@uw.edu

Elizabeth Litzler is the Director of the UW Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in UW Sociology. Her research interests include the educational climate for undergraduate and graduate students, intersectionality of identities, and gender stratification in education and the workforce. Liz was the Research Manager for the Sloan Foundation-funded Project to Assess Climate in Engineering (PACE). She is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), and served on the WEPAN Board of Directors for 4 years. She acts as reviewer and presenter for WEPAN and ASEE conferences and relevant journals and has published in the Journal of Engineering Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering and The Journal about Women in Higher Education. Litzler earned a PhD and MA in Sociology and a BA in Communication with minors in Spanish and Women’s Studies.

 

Photo of Cara MargherioCara Margherio

Senior Research Associate clm16@uw.edu

Cara Margherio is a Senior Research Associate at the UW Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE). Cara serves as project manager for program evaluation on several NSF- and NIH-funded projects, and a significant portion of her work is with national professional development programs for early career academics from groups underrepresented in STEM. Her research interests include community cultural wealth, counterspaces, peer mentoring, and institutional change. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and serves as a reviewer for Demography and the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. Cara earned a PhD and MA in Sociology at the University of Washington, and a BPhil in Sociology and BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

 

Emily Knaphus photoEmily Knaphus

Research Associate | eknaphus@uw.edu

Emily Knaphus is a Research Associate at CERSE and a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Washington. She works on the evaluations of the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PNW LSAMP), UW STARS and REDSHIRT programs, and the ASPIRE project. Her research focuses on the social-psychological and institutional forces that contribute to the persistence of race and class inequalities in the United States. Emily earned a MA in Sociology from the University of Washington, and a BA in Sociology from Smith College.

 

 

Geri van Engers

 Administrator  | gve@uw.edu

As the administrator for CERSE, Geri works closely with the Center’s team to support operations including management of its pre- and post-award activity, financial portfolio, payroll and personnel matters and facilities and space assignment. Geri’s extensive career as a research administrator has included appointments in renowned academic and scientific institutions working with leading research scientists and educators pushing the boundaries of knowledge in their field. She is delighted to be working with CERSE as it continues its important work in evaluation and research of equity and representation in STEM fields. She holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Washington and an MA in Linguistics/TESOL from San Francisco State University.

 

Students

Emily Affolter photoEmily Affolter 

Graduate Research Assistant

Emily is a PhD candidate in Multicultural Education at the University of Washington. Her dissertation explores the impact of a culturally responsive professional development platform on teacher pedagogy, in an effort to make classrooms more equitable and provide all students, regardless of their identities, with ample opportunities. She works at the Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity doing research, evaluation, and providing consulting and facilitation on issues of equity and culturally responsive instruction or leadership.

 

Jenni Branstad

Jenni Branstad photoGraduate Research Assistant

Jenni Branstad is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Washington and Research Assistant at the Center for Evaluation and Research for Stem Equity (CERSE). Jenni is interested in career trajectories of young adults as the labor market continues to shift toward new, flexible forms of employment relationships. Jenni’s work with CERSE is primarily dedicated to the evaluation of the Washington STARS Program.

 

 


Kerice Doten-Snitker

Kerice Doten-Snitker PhotoGraduate Research Assistant

As a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Washington, Kerice Doten-Snitker studies belonging and inclusion. She has contributed to evaluations of a range of higher education programs funded by NIH, NSF, USAID, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her dissertation asks why state policies change with respect to minority groups, specifically examining expulsions of Jews in medieval and early modern Europe. She earned an MA in Sociology from the University of Washington and a BA in Sociocultural Studies and in International Relations from Bethel University (MN).

 

 

 

Daiki Hiramori

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Graduate Research Assistant

Daiki Hiramori is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington. His research interests include quantitative methodology, queer and feminist studies, sexuality and gender stratification, and Japanese society. In addition to an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington, Hiramori holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Mathematics from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. As a research assistant at CERSE, he is working on the evaluation of the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PNW LSAMP).

 

 

montana-james_093016_01-minMontana James

Graduate Research Assistant

Montana James is a masters student at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Montana’s studies are focused on leadership, organizational management, and social policy analysis. She is passionate about economic empowerment and better understanding its intersections with race, gender, and access to education and healthcare. Montana is interested in strategic policy design and implementation to improve economic outcomes by affecting change at the institutional level.

 

Lexie Maister PhotoAlexis / Lexie Maister

Graduate Research Assistant  |  amaister@uw.edu

Alexis “Lexie” Maister is a Master of Public Health Candidate in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP). Her Capstone project focuses on building capacity for peer youth workers in Toronto, Canada to conduct participatory/arts-based evaluation and promote community engagement.  She is committed to working with community towards anti-racism, social justice, and equity, and looks forward to practicing accountable ways to continue to work with youth.

 

 

Brian Serafini

Graduate Research Assistant

Brian Serafini is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department. His research interests cover the areas of work and occupations, labor market inequality, and family. He has regularly taught courses on social stratification; work, organizations, and labor market inequalities; and the family. Brian holds an MA and BA in Sociology from the University of Washington.

 

 

Marijo Manaois

Undergraduate Student Assistant

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Marijo is a Medical Anthropology and Public Health Major who hopes to further her education in pursuit of a Master in Public Policy and Governance. Her current undergraduate actives include serving as the President of the Filipino American Student Association on Campus, a 100 year old organization dedicated to providing educational, social, political and cultural programming to the greater Fil am Community. She has also worked with multiple grassroots organizations, advocating for Black Lives Matter, Immigration Rights and Equity in Education.  Marijo’s work with CERSE includes clerical work, NCWIT data organization and other miscellaneous offices tasks.