Andryce Clinkscales

Andryce Clinkscales received her B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from Grand Valley State University in 2018. Throughout her undergraduate career, she gained valuable experience with diverse populations abroad and volunteering with immigrant families in the Grand Rapids area. This, and her post baccalaureate experience providing services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, has helped her develop a desire to advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse youth and families. Her current research interests include bilingual education, consultation strategies and professional development trainings on cultural competence, and ensuring highly effective service delivery to marginalized students.

When she is able, Andryce enjoys reading fiction novels, trying new restaurants, and walking her dog Lewis.

Shelbie Spear

Shelbie Spear is a proud first-generation college student. She received her BS in Psychology from Grand Valley State University in 2017. Her post-baccalaureate experience with AdviseMI, an AmeriCorps program aiming to increase equity in higher education, introduced her to the refugee community in Michigan. While serving as an adviser, she disseminated information on supporting refugee youth through the college application process. Since then, she has been dedicated to addressing the gap in the literature on the unique strengths and needs of refugees with regard to academic, behavioral, and socio-emotional outcomes. Her current research interests include practitioners’ and educators’ knowledge of and experience with refugee youth, and how best to support their successful implementation of evidence-based practices.

In her free time, Shelbie enjoys visiting Michigan’s State Parks, reading, and live music.