Recognition for Practice- EcoFunds

The premise of the funds of knowledge seeks to understand how the historically accumulated and culturally developed bodies of knowledge and skills are born, take root and grow from our lived experiences. We can extend this model even further by linking the natural world in communion with these funds. By connecting our strengthens and resources […]

Be that Change

I have a responsibility to focus my research so that it may influence policy without distorting or misreading the narrative. I intend for my work to capture and build upon existing social movements framed within education and immigration. It is our duty, our human right, and our requirement, to be a voice, a movement, a […]

Educational Philosophy

My philosophy of education was born in the barrio of Washington Heights, New York during my early years as a teacher where I heeded the call to action for social justice reform in education. I have since translated those budding beliefs into using a robust theoretical approach- founded by esteemed scholars (Gonzalez, Moll & Amanti, […]

Gossamer veil.

These illustrations are bemoaning the state of our society and within each of these media platforms, one can find ordinary people strangers, friends & family gashing one another with words & memes filled with vitriol and inciting rage. Blaming and screaming “truths” to fill the void which in my opinion has genuinely led us astray. Today […]

Cultural Schizophrenia

In globalized world societies individuals no longer have simple, ready-made, and fixed cultural identities- instead they have “cultural schizophrenia” (Shayegan, 1992, p. 122). The United States and the world stand at the precipice of one of the most continuous and significant evolutions of humanity, migrations. If we look at the human record, it reads like a […]

Draconian Immigration Law

The historical relationships in accepting all people from around the globe onto our shores should continue to be part and parcel of American identity. The global interconnectedness we saw approaching the 21st century is being torn asunder due to the current executive order banning entry for nationals of seven countries. I question such methods as being […]


The scope of my research is to understand how Iranian-American communities transfer pieces of American culture into their own cultural practices and whether and how they maintain the symbolic traits of Iranian heritage. As such, my research uses the funds of identity/funds of knowledge-approach to represent Iranian-American households and demonstrate how these families reach a […]