Lakeya Omogun is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s Language and Literacy Studies program at The University of Texas at Austin. Her developing research interests include nuances in black student identities; counter narratives in the literacy classroom; and preservice/ in-service teachers’ embodiment of sociocultural knowledge and its impact on students’ racial, linguistic, and academic identities.
Lakeya attended Michigan State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After gaining teaching experience in Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ, Lakeya pursued her masters in Literacy Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. While pursuing her masters, she taught in Harlem, New York. During the summer, Lakeya works as an Expanded Learning Summer Bridge Site Coordinator for Teachers College REACH (Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem) program where she is responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the program and serves as one of the primary operational and school culture leaders at the summer school sites. Working with diverse populations of Latino, African-American, and African students in school and out-of-school contexts further peaked her interests in sociocultural and systemic factors that impact literacy education.
Currently, she co-teaches undergraduate literacy methods course in her program and mentors preservice teachers through field supervision work.