Rakia Akter, Childhood Education
Faculty Mentor: Professor Pixita del Prado Hill, School of Education
Rakia is a senior in Childhood Education expecting to graduate in spring 2020. She is passionate about developing trauma-informed practices and building resiliency amongst elementary-level students. After graduation, she will continue to pursue a Master’s degree in the TESOL program at SUNY Buffalo State. She hopes that her education and background will serve as an advantage in helping students in the Buffalo Public School system.
During her fellowship, Rakia studied the Burmese immigrant experience in Buffalo and developed a toolkit of resources to address the specific trauma that children from this group have experienced. Rakia’s research topic was inspired by a summer service-learning program in Myanmar and her neighborhood in Buffalo, which includes a growing number of Burmese refugees. Her project was accepted for presentation at the 2020 SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, and she has presented for the School of Education at various Professional Development Schools (PDS) events, including the NAPDS-National Association for Professional Development Schools annual conference in Atlantic City in February 2020.