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January 22, 2020 Wednesday 03:22:08 PM IST

Autistic graduate wins Cross Future Leaders Award

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Seven students from the USA have been honoured with a K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). UW–Madison’s Brett Ranon Nachman is one of the winners. Nachman is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Also, he is an autistic community-college graduate.


Nachman’s research concentrates on the depictions and experiences of autistic college students, particularly in community college settings. His core research interest stems from his own identity as an autistic community-college graduate. 


Nachman’s work also centers on LGBTQ campus climate issues, inclusive teaching practices, and community college STEM transfer students' experiences. His research scholarship prioritizes several factors, including: acting with transparency and thoughtfulness in discussing identity management issues; presenting findings that drive change in how campuses provide more student-centered learning; and elevating the perspectives of underrepresented student populations.