Miranda Zahn is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She does research that seeks to equip dominant culture educators like herself with skills to support students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs, especially across racial divides. Specifically, she focuses on the culturally responsive training of future educators and coaching for current classroom teachers. In order to serve all students and honor multiple ways of knowing, Miranda seeks to meaningfully integrate burgeoning wisdom-based strategies to support diverse learners. Her dissertation focuses on the myriad interpersonal interactions between teachers and students and the ways that daily interactions, relationship building, and behavioral strategies promote the success of minoritized students.
She firmly believes that it is her responsibility to use her privilege to elevate the voices of and reduce the burden of advocacy on scholars of color. To that end, Miranda hopes to become a faculty member in a school psychology program that promotes equity.