SHEEO welcomes state policy interns for the summer

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) welcomes Kahlea Hunt-Khabir and Gus Gluek as state policy interns this summer.

Over the next few months, Kahlea will support SHEEO’s student mental health and wellness learning community, the Pursuing Alignment for Student Success Across Higher Education Institutions & State Agencies (PASS) project, and complete an independent project. Gus will lead a postsecondary value survey, support the Strong Foundations survey work, help with the Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) data project, and complete an independent project.

Kahlea is a doctoral student studying higher education, student affairs, and international education policy at the University of Maryland, with a concentration in higher education. Her research focuses on access and equity, organizational change, critical pedagogy, epistemic violence, and postcolonial theories in education. Kahlea is the lead research assistant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary System Opportunities – Evidence & Strategic Analysis grant.

She graduated from the University of Denver in 2020 with a master’s in higher education, emphasizing diversity and learning. At DU, she was the program coordinator for the Denver Promise Scholars Program and principal investigator for Seeking Grace: Mining the Archives of Black Women at DU (documentary). She has worked on research projects in Brazil, South Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. 

Gus is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania studying higher education and data analytics. His research interests include access and persistence for underrepresented students, higher education funding, and student debt. 

Gus earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College and his master’s in public policy from Vanderbilt University. Prior to his doctoral studies, Gus worked at the Tennessee Board of Regents studying adult students’ success across the state.

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