Research Advisors

In pioneering youth-led participatory action research, we sought out an advisory team of professors at the University of Kentucky and education researchers from across the country to help train us and provide guidance for our research projects. The advisory team ensures that our research is well-designed, ethical, and following national guidelines when necessary.

Research Advisory Team

Daniela DiGiacomo

Daniela DiGiacomo

Dr. Daniela DiGiacomo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Infromation Science at the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information. She advised the Kentucky Student Voice Team on the Coping With COVID-19 Student-to-Student Study and the Race, Ethnicity, and School Climate Survey.

Beth Goldstein

Beth Goldstein

Dr. Beth Goldstein is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky College of Education. She advised the Kentucky Student Voice Team on the Coping With COVID-19 Student-to-Student Study and the Race, Ethnicity, and School Climate Survey.

Samantha Holquist

Samantha Holquist

Samantha Holquist is a researcher at McREL International who specializes in student voice in K–12 decision making. She advised the Kentucky Student Voice Team on the Coping With COVID-19 Student-to-Student Study and the Race, Ethnicity, and School Climate Survey. She also has analyzed KSVT for her research.

Rona Roberts

Rona Roberts

Rona Roberts is a partner at Roberts & Kay, which works to advance democratic practices in workplaces and communities in Kentucky. She advised the Kentucky Student Voice Team on the Race, Ethnicity, and School Climate Survey.

Ellen Usher

Ellen Usher

Dr. Ellen Usher is a Professor in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Pscyhology at the University of Kentucky College of Education. She advised the Kentucky Student Voice Team on the Coping With COVID-19 Student-to-Student Study and the Race, Ethnicity, and School Climate Survey.