College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) doctoral students

There are currently more than 40 doctoral students enrolled in our EPL programs, and more than 200 across our department.

Janey Atchison Janey Atchison

I am interested in education funding systems, how public policy is shaped, and how political divides at the state level affect both.

Janey Atchison

Cherise Ayers Cherise Ayers

I am an educator by trade and worked in all levels of K-12 public education. I am currently serving in a district level equity role. I love my work. I am also a wife of one and a mother of three.

Cherise Ayers

Amie Bergersen Amie Bergersen

My current research interests live at the intersection of educator well-being, emotions, school leadership, and school culture.

Amie Bergersen

Emily Colton Emily Colton

I am a licensed school counselor and education policy and leadership researcher interested in how we can create school systems that promote wellness for students, educators, and communities.


Demetria M. Poe Demetria M. Poe

Maya Angelou said, “I come as one but I stand as 10,000." I carry this quote in my heart and it has guided me throughout my life.

Demetria M. Poe

Brittany Stahlman Brittany Stahlman

After a decade of teaching high school English, the moments that transformed my teaching into being more inclusive and equitable were not the professional development sessions.


Cameron PajYeeb Yang Cameron PajYeeb Yang

Cameron PajYeeb Yang is a doctoral student in the Education Policy and Leadership program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities' Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.

Cameron Yang

Alul Yesak Alul Yesak

I am a first-generation college graduate, and immigrant from Ethiopia studying the identity development of second-generation Ethiopian American students in the K-12 space.

Alul Yesak