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Richie Thomas

Ph.D. Candidate, Special Education

Throughout my academic and professional career, I have focused on professional development strategies for transition-aged youth in under-resourced communities. Broadly speaking, I have learned that environmental, economic, and cultural trends are critical to understanding the relationships between ecological health, economic well-being, and civic participation. Knowing this, my current research focuses on the design and implementation of educational and career pathway innovations, inequities in under-resourced communities, and how research can be best applied to practice through stakeholder engagement.