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Kristian Contreras

She | Her | Hers

Creative • Educator • Facilitator • Strategist • Daydreamer

Syracuse University

August 2018 - May 2023

Ph.D., Cultural Foundations of Education
Certificate of Advanced Study, Women and Gender Studies

University at Buffalo, State University of New York

August 2012 - May 2014

Ed.M., Higher Education Administration – Student Affairs Administration

University of Delaware

August 2008 - May 2012

B.A., English

Interested in learning more about my professional experiences? Explore my Curriculum Vitae (CV) here!

What I've Learned: From the B.A. to the Ph.D.

Musings from the Ivory Tower

Kristian at Syracuse University, smiling wearing sunglasses. She is turned toward the right

P.h.D., Cultural Foundations
School of Education
Syracuse University, 

What I've Learned: You will, sometimes, be as invisible in your classrooms as you are made to feel in the real world. You must ask, how am I complicit in my own erasure?

E.d.M.,Higher Education & Student Affairs Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo, State University of New York 

What I've Learned: Being the first (insert identity here) or one of the "only" (insert identity here) is not an accomplishment - you will grow once you begin to consider who you are beyond the deficits associated with marginality. Who do we become under the label of "token"?

Kristian is smiling in graduation regalia, surrounded by friends
Kristian is dressed in graduation regalia, smiling with both ands outstretched.

B.A., English Literature
College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware

What I've Learned: Being the first in your family will create a distance between you and the community you left to earn this degree. Remember the knowledge producers at home who taught you to survive this world - who are you in the absence of the diploma?

Professional Highlights

Campus Spotlight Award, 2021

Student Centers and Programming Services, Syracuse University

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2020

The Graduate School, Syracuse University

Women of Color Leadership Project Award, 2019

National Women's Studies Association

Annuit Coeptis Award, 2018

American College Personnel Association

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