Dwuana is a first year doctoral student in the Educational Administration’s Program in Higher Education Leadership. Though she is a Saint Louis, Missouri native Dwuana has lived in Austin since 2012. Her undergraduate background is in Sociology/Anthropology with minors in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Truman State University. In May of 2016, Dwuana completed her M.ED with a specialization in College and University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) from The University of Texas at Austin. Dwuana has two primary goals as a future practitioner and professor in the field of higher education: 1) to empower future higher Ed administrators to take on leadership positions with a critical mindset and 2) to empower marginalized students with a sense of self-agency in accomplishing social justice within and beyond the university.
Her experiences inside and outside the classroom have shaped Dwuana’s identity as a scholar-practitioner. Prior to beginning her education at UT Austin, Dwuana worked for the Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) for two years. She has worked in offices across UT’s campus, including the Office for Financial Services as a graduate research assistant, The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs as a research intern, and The College of Natural Sciences’ Recruitment and Visitor Center as a graduate assistant. Outside of UT she has recently completed an independent project for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation, focusing on the retention of underserved and underrepresented students at 16 private institutions of higher education. She is currently working on a research project with Dr. Lauren Schudde and the Community College Research Center (CCRC) investigating systemic barriers (both policy and practice) facing transfer intending community college students.