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006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
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Manhattan, KS 66506

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Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy Faculty and Staff

Socorro Herrera

Socorro Herrera, Ed.D.

Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Executive Director, CIMA
221 Bluemont Hall
785-532-3833
sococo@k-state.edu

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Dr. Herrera is a professor of Elementary Education in the College of Education at Kansas State University and directs the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy (CIMA). Her K-12 teaching experience includes an emphasis on literacy development. Her research focuses on literacy opportunities with culturally and linguistically diverse students, reading strategies, and teacher preparation for diversity in the classroom. Dr. Herrera has authored several books and articles for numerous nationally known journals and publishers. She conducts multi-state professional development on focusing on biography-driven instruction and assessment of CLD students.

Education
  • B.S. - Elementary Education, Eastern New Mexico University
  • M.S. - Multicultural Guidance and University Counseling, Eastern New Mexico University
  • Ph.D. - Educational Psychology, Texas Tech University
Courses
  • Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education
  • ESL/Dual Language Methods
  • ESL/Dual Language Assessment
  • Reading and the Bilingual Child
  • ESL/Dual Language Practicum
  • Doctoral Research
  • Topics: Differentiated Literacy Strategies for ELLs
  • ESL Masters Project
  • Issues in Bilingual Education
  • Topics: Second Language Literacy
Research Interests

Emergent literacy; reading strategies for ELL students; differential learning needs of second language learners; mutual accommodation for language learning students; socio-political dynamic influence on programming for diverse populations

Kevin Murry

Kevin Murry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Research and Development, CIMA
218 Bluemont Hall
785-532-2842
xmas@k-state.edu

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Dr. Murry is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at Kansas State University and is Director of Research and Development for the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy (CIMA). His scholarship has emphasized the professional development of K-16 teachers for the assets/needs of culturally and linguistically diverse [CLD] students. His recent research has underscored teacher readiness for highly differentiated, culturally responsive pedagogy.Dr. Murry has collaborated on several books and articles for numerous nationally known journals and publishers.

Education
  • B.S. - Health Sciences/Counseling, University of Texas
  • M.B.A. - Interdisciplinary Studies/Human Resource Development, Texas Tech University
  • Ph.D. - Educational Leadership and Multicultural Studies, Texas Tech University
Courses
  • Seminar: Ethnographic Research and Scholarship
  • ESL/Dual Language Linguastics
  • Bilingual/ESL Education
  • Culture and Language in Classroom Practice
  • Practicum/ESL/Secondary
  • Doctoral Research
  • Seminar: Ethnographic Research and Diverse Populations
  • Seminar: ESL Linguistics
  • Seminar: Pedagogy of CLD Learners
  • Seminar: Curriculum Materials/ESL
Research Interests

ESL/Dual language programming in secondary public schools; advocacy frameworks for culturally and linguistically diverse students; linguistic and cross-cultural dynamics of ESL instruction; portfolio-based practicum experiences; school restructuring

Graciela Berumen

Graciela Berumen

Instructor and Culture and Curriculum Specialist
219 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5611
gracie3@k-state.edu

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Graciela Berumen is an Instructor and Culture and Curriculum Specialist and originally from California. She received her B.S. and M.A. in Second Language Acquisition and a graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning, and is ESL certified and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education at K-State as well. Graciela considers her work at CIMA as a way to give back to the community and encourages others who like herself are proud children of immigrants. Because she is a heritage language speaker her research interest revolves around language, culture, bilingual families and the maintenance and celebration heritage languages.

Robin Cabral

Robin Cabral, Ph.D.

Instructor
rmc5599@k-state.edu

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Dr. Cabral served as Director of Literacy for Diverse Populations in the Wichita Public Schools. She has a background in bilingual speech-language pathology, special education, literacy, assessment, and intervention development for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students. Dr. Cabral’s recent research and professional activities have emphasized strengthening teacher, school, and district capacities to ensure CLD students’ full access to an enriched core curriculum with appropriately individualized supports throughout and across their preK-12 education.

Andrew Dalton

Andrew Dalton

Khbrat Program Coordinator
HEP/CAMP Director
234 Bluemont Hall
daltona@k-state.edu

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Andrew Dalton has served as the CAMP Director at Kansas State University since the program started there in 2009. Andrew has a longstanding history of working with U.S. programs since 2001 and has helped launch three separate HEP/CAMP programs. He considers his areas of expertise to be Budgetary and Program Implementation. Andrew has had the opportunity to work with the Go Teacher program where he served as an instructor, teaching linguistics and TOEFL courses in collaboration with other staff members. Furthering his international group experiences, Andrew served in the capacity of a writing mentor to the Khbrat cohort II in the previous year. Andrew is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University.

Susan Erichsen

Susan Erichsen

Grants Specialist
sle@k-state.edu

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Susan Erichsen has worked in the College of Education since 1990 as the Grant Specialist, providing pre- and post- award support to project directors and staff to ensure funding and procedural guidelines are met per sponsor agreement. Her work with CIMA includes implementation of personnel policies, salary administration and funding sources.

Victiana Henneberg

Victiana Henneberg

Office Manager
238 Bluemont Hall
785-532-2125
victianahenneberg@k-state.edu

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Victiana is originally from the Dominican Republic and is a Native Spanish speaker, she is currently an accountant with a post degree in finance and business. She has worked for CIMA for the past four years assisting with travel arrangements for the Directors of the Center, organized International Field Trips for educational opportunities, and managed and supported the Center in international and local educational projects.

Gilbert Herrera

Gilbert Herrera

Khbrat Program Manager
238 Bluemont Hall
785-532-2125
gilber7@k-state.edu

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Originally from New Mexico, Gilbert has over 10 years of experience working with individuals in a counselor position and building cross-cultural and empathetic relationships. During his tenure at CIMA he has assisted in working with multiple international groups including teachers from Ecuador, Mexico, and most recently as the culture and community coordinator of Khbrat’s cohort II. Gilbert is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Studies and Human Services. Gilbert prides himself on working with students, setting high expectations, and helping individuals succeed.

Melissa Holmes

Melissa Holmes

Instructor and Associate Director of International Programs and Research
222 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5281
melissa@k-state.edu

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Melissa Holmes has co-authored a book and several articles related to the academic language development of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Her research interests include culturally responsive pedagogy in secondary and post-secondary settings, literacy instruction for adult English learners, and the preparation of teacher candidates for success with diverse classroom populations. Melissa is a very active member of her church serving on various committees. Melissa is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Kansas State University.

Education
  • B.S. - English Literature (Spanish Minor), Kansas State University
  • M.S. - Adult and Occupational Education, Kansas State University
Research Interests

Recruitment and retention of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups; literacy instruction for second language learners in higher education; preparation of teacher candidates for success with diverse classroom populations; second language acquisition

Shabina Kavimandan

Shabina Kavimandan

INSIGHT and STEP UP Project Manager
238 Bluemont Hall
shabina@k-state.edu

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Shabina is a Title III project manager at CIMA in the College of Education at Kansas State University. She has co-authored two books and several articles pertaining to the academic needs of ELL learners. Her K-12 teaching experience includes a focus on literacy development, particularly vocabulary development emphasizing use of students’ background knowledge, as well as an emphasis on fluency and comprehension. Shabina has conducted professional development with in-service teachers in multiple states on the learning needs of adolescent CLD students. Her research interests include the differential learning needs of second language learners, parental involvement, and the systemic restructuring for diversity.

Education
  • B.A. - English Literature, Delhi University, New Delhi, India
  • M.S. - Elementary Education, Kansas State University
Research Interests

Elementary education with emphasis on classroom implications of socio-cultural processes on linguistic development of students and various assessment strategies for appropriate placement of culturally and linguistically diverse students

Nancy Kole

Nancy Kole

Instructor
nrk5799@k-state.edu

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Dr. Kole has a wide range of experiences in public education. She taught elementary school for 16 years and was a principal for 17 years. She has worked on curriculum teams as an administrator in two different districts. Her education and service time has focused on ESL and bilingual issues. Dr. Kole taught ESL in Mexico, traveled to China to observe ESL programs, and worked with various international groups in the public schools in Texas and in Kansas.

Latania Marr y Ortega

Latania Marr y Ortega

Instructor
219 Bluemont Hall
lmarr@k-state.edu

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Latania Marr y Ortega has spent 17 years in both urban and rural education settings; upon arriving in Manhattan from New Mexico to pursue her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction (emphasis: Language and Culture), she taught in a bilingual dual language elementary school then she taught secondary English Language Arts and ESOL. She earned her BA in Elem.Ed (minors:Bilingual/TESOL & Sociology) from NM Highlands University then her MA in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies (emphasis: Bilingual Education) from the University of NM. She joined CIMA because of their mission to utilize the biographies and assets of marginalized students to drive instruction (BDI) as well as resist the injustice and racism that is prevalent in our schools by teaching the importance of equity in education to future and current teachers.

Mona Menking

Mona Menking

Associate Director for International Outreach
mmenking@k-state.edu

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Mona Menking is a tri-lingual (native proficiency in English, Spanish and Farsi), extroverted, dynamic, task-oriented professional with a passion for excellence. Born in Iran, Ms. Menking has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (1995), and a Master’s Degree in Education from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador. Ms. Menking has worked in higher education since 2000 and has been the Associate Director for International Initiatives for CIMA since 2012.

Sheri Meredith

Sheri Meredith

Academic Advisor
sherim@k-state.edu

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Sheri has worked with graduate students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees for over 16 years. In addition to advising students, she works with the publishing team on projects ranging from textbooks to journal submissions.

Irina Tarabrina

Irina Tarabrina

Graduate Teaching Assistant
785-532-2125
tair2015@k-state.edu

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Irina Tarabrina has a BA in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication. Her MA degree is in English–TESL. Irina is now working on her doctoral dissertation in the Curriculum and Instruction field. Her teaching experience of nearly twenty years includes work with the students of diverse cultural and linguistic background both in the U.S. and abroad. Her research interests are in the area of situational interest-oriented teaching strategies that take into consideration different motivational patterns in language learners. At K-State, Irina has taught courses in Linguistics, Upper-level Writing, English Integrated Skills, and Culture & Language in Classroom Practice.