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Peter Bjorklund, Jr., Ph.D.

​Peter Bjorklund Jr., PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego in the Department of Education Studies and lecturer in the Human Developmental Sciences Program. His work centers on social network analysis, belonging, trust, and well-being in K-16 settings.

Ramon Stephens

Ramon Stephens is a PhD Candidate in Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego and incoming Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Ramon brings 20 years of experience in equity, diversity and inclusion work. His research focuses on identity and sense of belonging for children and adults. Ramon is a UC President's fellow, Baker Fellow, S.E.E.D Fellow and a recipient of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) teaching award at UC San Diego. His work supports equity based programming and collaborative partnerships that foster diversity, cultural competence, and organizational development. Ramon is the founder and Executive Director of The Conscious Kid, an education nonprofit dedicated to supporting families, educators and organizations in learning about and taking action against systemic inequity and racism. Ramon has presented his research at conferences including Stanford's Race, Inequality, Language and Education (RILE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). He currently teaches two courses on critical media literacy and DEI in the Human Developmental Sciences program at UC San Diego.

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