Graduate Student Panel

Chesapeake Ballroom, 7:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m., Friday March 18th, 2022

Chandra Reyna

Chandra is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Sociology department at the University of Maryland, College Park.

As an undergraduate at Boise State University, she examined how university culture can influence millennials’ explanations of racial phenomena and how students navigate issues of racial inequity using qualitative methods.

In her graduate studies, Chandra specializes in Social Psychology and Stratification with an emphasis on racial identity formation and maintenance within multiracial and communities of color.

To find more about Chandra Reyna's work click here.

Zainab Okolo

Zainab Okolo is currently a doctoral candidate of Higher Education Administration at The George Washington University. Her research quantitatively examines the unique impacts of social capital on the college pipeline outcomes of first-generation college student populations. Zainab’s broader research focus includes college access and inclusion, the implications of campus climate on student outcomes and the role of campus leadership in advocating for marginalized student populations. Within her career, Zainab previously worked as the Undergraduate Director for the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland. During her tenure at UMD, Zainab served as a member of the President’s commission for minority issues, advocating for student access and equity in the areas of food insecurity and accessible mental health resources on campus. Following her 7-year tenure with UMD, she worked with the Lumina Foundation, the Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and is currently a Graduate Research Fellow at the American Council on Education.

Zainab holds a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University and a BS in Family Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Mark Lockwood

Mark Lockwood is a doctoral student and a Ronald E. McNair Fellow in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, he earned an MA in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2017, and a BA in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University in 2015. Mark has also served as a 2017 fellow at the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Currently, Mark's research examines visual representations of Black queer sexuality in gay pornography. More specifically, Mark's research explores how racialized images of Black gay men in pornography — the "homo-thug" for example — are inextricably tethered to the "ghettocentric imagination," historically and socioculturally. His current research interests are pornography, sex work, black visuality, ethnography, oral history, popular culture, performance studies, and queer of color critique

Zachary Castillo

Zachary is a first-year graduate student in the physics department at the University of Maryland, College Park. His involvement with the McNair program started in fall semester of 2015 while the attending the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Zachary graduated in the spring of 2017 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics. His McNair research project and senior honors thesis focused on using inexpensive, hobby grade electronics to detect signals from a class of particle detectors currently being used to search for dark matter. Zachary is also a recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship which is offered through the UMD Graduate School.


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