Grad Student and Alumni Spotlights

Meet current and former graduate students making a difference at UO and beyond.  

Rachel Cushman, PhD, Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies

Rachel is an enrolled citizen of the Chinook Indian Nation and member of the inaugural doctoral cohort of the Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies program at UO.

Meet Rachel

John Maldonado
John Maldonado, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

John is a veteran of the United States Navy and second-year MBA candidate in UO’s Lundquist School of Business.

Meet John

Michelle Mendoza
Michelle Mendoza, PhD, Counseling Psychology

Michelle is a first-generation Filipino American who conducts research on Intimate Partner Violence in Filipino communities. 

Meet Michelle

Yoel Everett
Yoel Everett, PhD, Clinical Psychology

Yoel is developing a new program to address parental mental health and parenting quality in a single, group-based intervention. 

Meet Yoel

Alison Cerezo, PhD, Counseling Psychology

Alison is a UO Alumni who oversees the Social & Health Equity Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Meet Alison


Madison Stepherson
Madison Stephenson, PhD, Music Theory

Madison studies the voice and vocal timbre in popular music of the 21st century.

Meet Madison

Santiago Navia Jaramillo, Master's, Education Policy and Leadership

Santiago seeks to improve education access and equity in his home country of Colombia. 

Meet Santiago


Jake Savelich, Master's, Strategic Communications

Jake is studying AI as a tool to increase empathy and donations to non-profits. 

Meet Jake