Advancing Educational Research and Policy in Mexico

Doctoral student Treisy Romero Celis looks forward to a career in educational policy, offering innovative solutions in her home country of Mexico.

Treisy Romero CelisTreisy is recipient of the School of Education's 2010 Ralph W. Harbison Fellowship.  The Harbison Fellowship recognizes promising students in the field of education who exemplify leadership, show dedication to excellence and community, exhibit prior outstanding scholarship, and demonstrate commitment to education, despite limited access to graduate studies.

Treisy completed her M.S. in Educational Administration at the University at Albany in spring 2010 and is currently studying in the Ph.D. program. Treisy is from Colima, a small state on the western coast of Mexico. She received bachelor’s degrees in public accounting and secondary education from the University of Colima and conducted post-graduate study at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. She has identified education policy and research as the field in which she intends to undertake scholarly work and advance her career, eventually to “…propose alternate pathways that help improve educational opportunities for Mexicans and contribute to better educational outcomes.” Toward this end, she expects to return to Colima to take up work as a professor and researcher in education policy.

“Treisy Romero has fast become a leader among the significant number of doctoral students from overseas in EAPS, and a highly valued member of our departmental community,” said Gilbert Valverde, Department Chair in Educational Administration and Policy Studies. “She hails from an important hemispheric partner of the United States—Mexico—a developing country facing important challenges that will entail the pursuit of innovative policy directions.  Treisy is taking exceptional advantage of her opportunities to explore and learn about promising research and policy tools that are preparing her to propose and promote evidence-based policy solutions likely to enhance the life chances of young people in her country.”

“Engaging in scholarly work with professors of such varied experiences in research and policymaking in the U.S. and in many other countries across the world is one of the opportunities I value the most in the program.  It has significantly added to my understanding of the problems in education and of the relevance of the contributions that we, as researchers in the field, can make,” said Treisy.

Treisy follows in the footsteps of six previous Harbison Fellows; Ms. Paulina Berrios, from Chile, a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies; Ms. Rostati, from Indonesia, a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice; Ms. Millah Musungu, from Kenya, a doctoral student in the Division of Educational Psychology and Methodology; Ms. Ancell Scheker-Mendoza, from the Dominican Republic, a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies; Ms. Janice Harewood, from Barbados, a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology; and Ms. Layheng Ting, from Cambodia, who completed her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies.

The Ralph W. Harbison Fellowship Fund, founded by Dr. Harbison’s wife Irene, provides support for graduate students in the School of Education. The Fellowship Fund is a tribute to Dr. Harbison, who was Dean of the School of Education from 2000-2002 and serves to further his commitment to and enthusiasm for the School of Education while also perpetuating his unique and distinctive passion for opening the doors of education for all.  To learn more about the Harbison Fellowship Fund, please contact Alison Olin, School of Education, (518) 442-3911 or