Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro is a graduate of the PhD program at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where she focused on the community organizing and bi-national political incorporation of Mexican immigrants in Chicago. Her current work identifies policy supports and systemic changes to bolster teacher preparation—both pre-service and in-service—to meet the needs of the state’s diverse language learners. The work marshals thoughtful consideration about the interconnectedness of language, literacy and academic achievement.
Along with publishing a number of academic journal articles and book chapters, Rebecca’s dissertation work was published as part of a book series, The New Americans, Recent Immigration and American Society, edited by Steven Gold and Ruben Rumbaut. Before beginning doctoral study, Rebecca worked at a community development agency located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to support qualitative research exploring the economic and political impacts of a microcredit program on its participants.
Contact Rebecca via email or phone at 630-670-5777.