Loyola’s Karson Institute Names María T. Colompos-Tohtsonie Inaugural Doctoral Fellow

The Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice at Loyola University Maryland named María T. Colompos-Tohtsonie as the institute’s inaugural doctoral fellow. In her role, Colompos-Tohtsonie will conduct research and make policy recommendations in the field of culturally responsive teaching practices for teachers of students who have different sociocultural backgrounds.

The Karson Institute provides a scholarly space for professors, students, social justice workers, and activists to come together to research, discuss, debate, and explore topics of inequality, injustice, and racial inequity in the United States. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and African American studies, founded and directs the center.

“The Karson Institute is a stellar opportunity to mold my passion of social justice into policy and practice,” Colompos-Tohtsonie said. “With Dr. Kaye as my mentor, I am able to cultivate my knowledge networks in establishing a research- and data-driven scholarly environment. Being the inaugural doctoral fellow for the Karson Institute brings me closer to my career aspiration of being an educational policymaker.”