Research Associate

Raquel Wright-Mair is a Research Associate of the CECE Project. Raquel also serves as a Research Assistant for the Vice Chancellor of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence at the University of Denver, and she conducts research that is grounded in social justice and focuses on issues of access and equity in higher education. Raquel also has a Master's of Science (M.S.) in Higher Education Administration. She is especially passionate about understanding and advocating for the creation of more inclusive campus environments for underrepresented populations. Through her research, she examines the experiences of students, faculty, and administrators of color on college campuses and examines structures, policies, and systems necessary for their growth, development, and success. Raquel is also an Inclusive Excellence Fellow at the University of Denver.






Research Associate

Varaxy Yi conducts research that focuses on educational access and equity for historically underserved communities, such as refugee populations and Southeast Asian college students. Additionally, she is interested in understanding the structures, systems, and environments in postsecondary institutions that foster success for all students. Varaxy holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She is also a Graduate Fellow for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) at the University of Denver.




Research Associate

Reginald Blockett works as a Research Associate for the CECE Project in the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, Bloomington. He also serves as an associate instructor in the Gender Studies department, where he instructs undergraduate courses on gender, culture, and sexuality. Prior to arriving at Indiana in 2012, Reginald worked in residence life and as an adjunct instructor in the Women’s and Gender Studies department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Reginald has extensive experience in the areas of social justice education and inclusive campus environments, including his past coordination of the Institute on Social Justice and the Iowa State Social Justice Summit. His dissertation study employs critical ethnographic methods to examine kinship formations amongst Black queer graduate and undergraduate men at a predominately White and largely heterosexual Midwestern research university. Reginald’s forthcoming manuscript, “Resilient Scholars: Reflections from Black gay men on the doctoral journey” will appear in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. ACPA- College Student Educators International has recognized Reginald’s work by honoring him with the Research Recognition award from the Coalition for LGBT Awareness and the Nevitt Sanford award from the Commission for Professional Preparation. He is also a past recipient of the Annuit Coeptis award for his service to the field of higher education and student affairs.




Research Associate

Jasmine Haywood is a Research Associate for the CECE Project. Jasmine’s work and expertise are in the areas of critical qualitative methodologies, Latino student experiences, Black student experiences, and racial frameworks. She is committed to centering the voices and experiences of marginalized racial and ethnic groups with the intent to foster equitable and inclusive environments in postsecondary education. Jasmine has a Masters in Education and has worked as a researcher and student affairs practitioner in the areas of enrollment management, multicultural affairs, faculty development, and international affairs.