New Faculty Focus: Meet Ashley White – School of Education – University of Wisconsin-Madison

During the course of the academic year, we’ll be sharing out Q&As completed by our newest faculty members in an effort to introduce them to our campus and School of Education communities.

Name: Ashley L. White

Title, including department and school: Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Ashley WhiteEducational/professional background: Public school teacher, 16 years (special education / inclusion / fifth grade / preschool); Joseph P. Kennedy Fellow, 2019-2020 (Committee on Education and Labor – Bobby Scott)

Previous position: Human services practitioner, Florida Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Project (FLPBIS)

How did you get into your field of research? Teaching children classified as “EBD” (emotional and behavioral disorder) — (They weren’t.)

What attracted you to UW–Madison? Their eagerness and demonstrative intent to broaden their department to include specific research and practice related to policy/issues and solutions related to BISOC (Black, Indigenous, students of color) and special education.

What was your first visit to campus like? Cold.

What’s one thing you hope students who take a class with you will come away with? Make your own agenda and stick with it … if this agenda is in the best interest of all students. Not everyone will understand but that is okay.

Is there a way your field of study can help the world endure and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the health, finances, and lifestyle of so many? Yes. The idea of
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