ERM Graduate Students set to present at the Canadian Evaluation Society’s (CES) 2022 Conference

Posted on February 28, 2022

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Led by Assistant Professor Dr. Sandra Ayoo (pictured above), a group of seven graduate students from UNC Greensboro’s Department of Educational Research Methodology (ERM) have been accepted to present at the Canadian Evaluation Society’s (CES) 2022 Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 13-15.

Dr. Ayoo observed that, “It will be an honor and a privilege to present internationally with these amazing students at the CES conference and to represent the ERM Department and the SOE. We are thrilled that all four of our abstracts from the Research on Evaluation Lab were accepted.”

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This group has worked together as a research lab during the 2021-2022 academic year on different topics of evaluation as an emerging field of professional practice. Their Research on Evaluation Lab is culminating in presentations for the CES Conference, which is focusing on the theme “Diversity: Our Interwoven Experiences.”

As noted by the organizers, this conference will expose participants to new ideas, approaches, and practices, thereby enhancing their professional development experience, evaluation practice, and the opportunity to grow their network.

Four presentations have been accepted:

  1. Second year MS/Ph.D. students Charity Oluwafunmbi Odetola of West Africa and Joy Alcantara Chuquiruna of Lima, Peru will present ‘Decolonizing Methodologies in Evaluation Practices’
  2. Second year MS/Ph.D. students Stacy Huff and Xinru Yan will present “Rapid Evaluations in the Context of COVID-19 Global Pandemic and Social Justice Concerns”
  3. Dr. Ayoo, third year Ph.D. student Meghan Leeming, and second year MS/Ph.D. student Stacy Huff will present ‘Integrating social justice and culturally responsive and equitable evaluation practices in meta-evaluation: Learning from the UN evaluation quality assessments’
  4. Fifth year Ph.D. student J.R Moller and third year Ph.D. student Samantha Bradley will present ‘Comparing and Contrasting the EDI Language Embedded in the Competencies of the Canadian Evaluation Society and the American Evaluation Association’

This is a fantastic achievement and wonderful opportunity for all of these ERM graduate students to represent UNCG’s School of Education.

The students have shared their excitement as well.

Xinru Yan

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to engage with international professionals to share the passion and knowledge of evaluation”

— Xinru Yan

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to present at my first conference and get the chance to present internationally”

— Meghan Leeming

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to present internationally and be able to share and gain knowledge with fellow evaluators!”

— Joy Alcantara Chuquiruna

“I am so grateful for this opportunity to engage with evaluators at an international conference and to learn the most current research of the field.”

— Stacy Huff