Sandra Castro

Former CLLAS Team-Member, Feather Crawford, Leading DucksRISE

Feather Crawford is the Program Manager of the DucksRISE Program

Feather Crawford, formerly of CLLAS, was recently appointed the Program Manager of the DucksRISE Program. DucksRISE is a new program at UO that expands career readiness opportunities for BIPOC, first-generation, and Pell-eligible students. Cohorts connect with mentors and build professional networks with others who share similar identities. The main goal of DucksRISE is to bring into effect equitable post-graduation outcomes for BIPOC, first gen, and Pell-eligible students at UO.

DucksRISE is led by former CLLAS Executive Board member and Administrative Specialist, Feather Crawford, and Sandra Castro, who previously worked in the Department of Political Science.

Feather and Sandra started staff positions at UO within months of each other five years ago. They collaborated often in their respective positions at the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and the Department of Political Science and as members of the Latinx Strategies Group. Together now at DucksRISE, they are an unstoppable team. 

Crawford brings her wide network of campus partnerships developed during her years at CLLAS and community organizations dedicated to immigrant rights and human dignity, her connections at the City of Eugene, and with local businesses, law firms, media companies, and art communities to the program as potential internship partners and as resources for DucksRISE students. Any units or organizations interested in learning more about partnering with DucksRISE to develop summer internships are encouraged to complete this form: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3rDh1VSvYwaNzFk

Thanks to her years teaching as a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, Crawford is at ease in the classroom. But it is Castro’s presence in the classroom that is the instrumental element of their success thus far, she says.

“Along with bringing her many skills, deep institutional knowledge, and multiple areas of expertise, Sandra shares her perspective and insights with students before, during, and after class (as well as during her office hours). As a Ford Family Foundation and Gilman Scholar, UO alumni, Woman of Color, and longtime UO staff member, Sandra is uniquely positioned to see the student experience from multiple angles and build a dynamic, 2-year grant-funded program out into a permanent UO department,” Crawford stated.

“Sandra practices her dedication to DEI and is committed to helping BIPOC, first gen, and Pell-eligible students overcome the obstacles laid in their path by systems of oppression. This foundation of empathetic respect and meticulous attention to detail sets the ideal tone and welcomes our students into a safe and supportive space.”

This dynamic DucksRISE duo is robustly supported by UESS and their partners at CURE. 

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