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Tami Amos is a second-year Ph.D student in the School of Education, with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to enrolling at Virginia Tech University, she worked for Roanoke City Public Schools for over 10 years as a secondary history teacher and building administrator. Tami holds master’s degrees in Liberal Studies from Hollins University and in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in History /Political Science from Virginia Union University. Tami has a heart for giving back and is very active in her community. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a mentor for the ELLE Academy, and serves on several committees in her community. Tami is the proud mother of two wonderful children.
Luisa Burgos is a master’s degree student in the Higher Education Program. Before moving to Blacksburg, she resided in Alexandria, Virginia while working for a white-collar-crime law firm in Washington, D.C. Luisa graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a double minor in Latin American/Caribbean Studies and Spanish. During her undergraduate years she intern in various nonprofits working with social justice issues, including education, immigration, and minority rights. She has experience in student outreach, mentorship, and summer programs. Luisa is passionate about working with access, retention diversity and inclusion in Higher Education by fostering cultural awareness, strategic initiatives and facilitating dialogues across communities.
As part of the ORDI Staff, Shania assists with program support and event planning including, but not limited to, coordinating reservations, technical support, and catering requirements for all events, conducting yearly planning and priority setting for all events and assisting the Director and Graduate Assistants with various initiatives. Shania also issues fee waivers to prospective students and maintains oversight and tracking of applications, including supporting materials for the Diversity Scholars program. In her spare time, she likes to participate in community-based events, volunteer, and spend time with family and friends. Shania earned a degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration Police Science and has previously worked in law enforcement. She is currently studying Communications.
Dr. Christian Matheis directs the Graduate School's recruitment efforts in coordination with the university's graduate programs, and manages our inclusion and diversity programs. He also serves as a visiting assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. Matheis specializes in scholarship and practice that bridge social and political philosophy, public policy, and direct-action organizing. In particular, his work emphasizes how philosophy of liberation and liberatory movements can play a key role in addressing contemporary ethical and political problems. His teaching and research concentrations include topics such as solidarity, refugees, feminism, race, indigeneity, power and policy, and global justice. In addition to his regular teaching and research, he provides training in areas of human relations facilitation, intergroup dialogue, grassroots direct-action organizing, and on other topics.