Saúl I. Maldonado, a third-year doctoral student in the education department at UC Santa Cruz, has been awarded an internship with the American Evaluation Association's Graduate Education Diversity Internship program.

His primary responsibility will be to serve as a research assistant to a large education evaluation firm.  Only six internships were awarded for the 2012-13 academic year.

The program's goals are to deepen the evaluation profession's capacity to work in racially, ethnically and culturally diverse settings; to stimulate evaluation thinking concerning underrepresented communities and culturally responsive evaluation; and to expand the pool of graduate students of color and from other underrepresented groups interested in education evaluation research.

Maldonado's primary responsibility will be to serve as a research assistant at a large evaluation firm.

Before enrolling in UCSC's education Ph.D. program Maldonado was a high school English teacher and college access program director in North Pasadena. His teaching and research interests are equity and diversity, curriculum and instruction, assessment and evaluation, and teacher preparation.