Dr. Cristina Santamaría Graff

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Dr. Cristina Santamaría Graff is a former bilingual education and bilingual special education teacher who is currently interested in the ways in which culture, language, and ability intersect in school systems. Her experiences as an educator in California, Arizona, and Washington States have strongly guided her toward research centered on Latinx immigrant families of children with disabilities. Specifically, Dr. Santamaría Graff is concerned with how educational policy and practice marginalize non-dominant or minoritized families who attempt, with little support or encouragement, to navigate complex systems embedded within settings coined inclusive. Of particular interest to Dr. Santamaría Graff are models of critical inquiry and pedagogy that aim to radically transform the lives of children with disabilities and their families through applying compassionate action and raising sociopolitical consciousness among all stakeholders who interact with our students.