MSC Fellowship

Meet the 2021 Multicultural Scholars Collaborative Fellows!

Photo of Kelly R. AllenKelly R. Allen (She/Her/Hers) Urban Education, Ph.D

Kelly R. Allen earned her B.A. in Urban Social Studies Education and M.S. in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Informed by her experience as a high school social studies teacher, her current research explores hip-hop pedagogy as a culturally responsive and sustaining practice in social studies education and the role of teacher education in developing anti-racist, social justice orientated educators.

“As a MSC fellow I hope to promote deeper engagement in research and pedagogy focused on race/ism, equity, and justice.”


Photo of Roberto Gabriel GarciaRoberto Gabriel Garcia (He/Him/His) Counseling Psychology, Ph.D

Before coming to UWM, Roberto Gabriel Garcia graduated from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College and completed the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program during his undergraduate experience. His research interests revolve around social class, occupational mobility, and vocational psychology issues in underserved communities. Roberto aspires to join academia to support and strengthen the pipeline of creating more academics of color because, once admitted, BIPOC students are faced with challenges when transitioning from undergrad to graduate school. As a collective people, he believes that we “lift while we climb.” As a Latino McNair Alumni and the first member in his family to be in a doctoral program, Roberto wants to become a role model to provide necessary representation and support for BIPOC students.

“As an MSC fellow, I hope to aid and enhance the pipeline of making more empowered academics of color to increase access, visibility, and strength to expand structural changes and policies to fight diverse varieties of oppression.” – Roberto Gabriel Garcia

2021 Multicultural Scholars Collaborative Fellows

The Collaborative’s Mentoring Fellowship has a dual mission: 1) To recognize Fellows for the time and labor they provide to UWM to support diversity, equity, and anti-racism efforts on campus and 2) To recognize and support doctoral students’ vital contributions to diversity and equity due to their mentoring activities, as they support BIPOC undergraduate students through the higher education pipeline.

We were impressed by the equity and anti-racism efforts in which all applicants have been engaged and below recognize the fellows as well as the finalists who made incredible contributions

2021 Fellows

  • Kelly Allen, Urban Education
  • Roberto Garcia, Educational Psychology

2021 Finalists

  • Antonio Guzman
  • Maria Hamming
  • Jackline Kirungi
  • Alexandra Rodriguez
  • Kao Zoua Yang
  • Brianna Young