Anita Cortez is the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry at Kansas State University. She began the Developing Scholars Program at K-State eighteen years ago to foster the participation of students of color and first-generation college students in undergraduate research. She also oversees the Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship Program and oversees Bridges to the Future students at K-State who participate in the Developing Scholars Program. She is a recipient of the Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty/Staff Award for Distinguished Service to Multicultural Students.
Dr. Tanya Gonzalez
DSP Seminar Instructor
Dr. Tanya González specializes in U.S. Latina/o Studies and Ethnic American Literature. She teaches courses in American Literature, Cultural Studies and Latina/o Studies. Her current research explores the ways literature, film and popular culture represent “otherness” as “monstrous.” She also serves as Vice President of the Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature Association. She is a recipient of the University Outstanding Advising Award.
Tess is the advisor for the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (OURCI). She is from Emporia, Kansas where she received her undergraduate degree in Communication from Emporia State University. She graduated with an M.S. in Counseling and Student Development from K-State. Tess works with students in the Developing Scholars Program and Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Program as well as with event planning and other activities through the OURCI. She is a recipient of the Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty/Staff Award for Distinguished Service to Multicultural Students. Tess is also an accomplished photographer.
Alyssa is a Graduate Assistant for the Developing Scholars Program in the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (OURCI). Originally from Frankfort, Illinois, Alyssa completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a clinical concentration at Kansas State University while competing on the University’s Equestrian Team. She is now a first year Master’s student in the College of Counseling and Student Development here at K-State. Alyssa is looking forward to a career in student-athlete affairs and to one day hopefully owning lots of dogs.
Hailey is a graduate assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry. She is originally from South Jordan, Utah. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Marriage and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. She now attends Kansas State University and is in her first year of her master's in the Couple & Family Therapy program. Hailey does a variety of work in the OURCI including working with the Developing Scholars and managing OURCI grants, and running small group meetings. She also enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with her family.