Latika Young is the Director of Florida State University's Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement. She received a BA in Dance and Environmental Studies from Swarthmore College, an MA in American Dance Studies from FSU, and an EdM in International Educational Development from Columbia University’s Teachers College. After completing a Fulbright in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2008-2009, she received a Foreign Language Acquisition Scholarship to study Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian at Columbia University and a Critical Language Scholarship to study Turkish in Bursa, Turkey in 2011. Her research is primarily focused on Southeast Europe and Turkey, peace/post-conflict education, and artistic practices for social change, and her master’s thesis examined how museums function in the reconciliation process within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kimberly Reid is the Associate Director of Florida State University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement. She earned a BA in Outdoor Education from Earlham College and an MS in International and Multicultural Education from Florida State University. She specializes in global learning and experiential education and has taught students in the United States and throughout the Global South. She is now a doctoral candidate in International and Multicultural Education at FSU researching student’s identity development in international service learning programs.
Alicia Batailles serves as the Assistant Director of Florida State University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement. She earned a BS in Biological Science from Florida State University and an MS in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook University. Her research has taken her around the country investigating marine disease in Apalachicola Bay and the Atlantic Ocean as well as Reef Fish Ecology off the coast of Florida. Alicia is passionate about helping other students experience the excitement of participating in undergraduate research.
Jennifer Batchelder serves as a Graduate Assistant of the Florida State University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement. She is also a doctoral student in the College of Education’s Higher Education program. Her research focus is in student involvement and leadership development. Jennifer earned her BA in Business Marketing and her M.Ed in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Texas State University. Her professional experience includes student activities, new student orientation, student government, leadership, and conference services. She is passionate about recognizing the potential in her students and helping them reach that potential through challenge and support.