Leslie C. Moore, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning and Linguistics, Principal Investigator – OSU
Dr. Moore is an applied linguist and a linguistic anthropologist. Her research examines the social and cultural patterning of learning and language development in communities whose members use multiple languages and participate in multiple learning traditions. She has two overarching goals in studying children’s educational experiences and developmental trajectories as learners and users of multiple languages across contexts: (1) to expand and deepen our understanding of diverse community practices of language use, teaching, and learning and how they vary across time and space and (2) to contribute to the empirical and theoretical bases on which formal and informal education may be made more effective for children learning in an additional language by understanding and drawing upon the repertoires of practice they develop across multiple sites and activities. Dr. Moore’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and Fulbright. The Expanding Repertoires project brings together her postdoctoral training in the Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS), her work in professional development for early childhood educators and informal science educators, her work as a preschool teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her research with young Somali-American children in Central Ohio. The project also builds on outreach and engagement work Dr. Moore has done at COSI as Educational Director of the Buckeye Language Network Language Pod, a permanent, glass-enclosed research space that provides the public with a research-in-real-time experience.
Azuka MuMin, Senior Vice President of Engagement and Impact, Principal Investigator – COSI
Azuka I. MuMin is the Senior Vice President of Engagement and Impact and serves as an advisor, resource, and consultant in spearheading the development, implementation and reporting of institution-wide diversity and inclusion strategies linked to optimal performance and business success. In addition, under her direction are three highly impactful units targeting underserved and under-represented individuals, families, and teen audiences. Through her work in outreach and engagement, Ms. MuMin has facilitated meaningful partnerships with over 100 organizations and schools, based on her innovative community relationship building concept of Invite (encouraging attendance), Welcome (creating an inclusive environment), and Engage (drawing favorable attention and interest from our diverse audiences). Ms. MuMin was also instrumental in forming and leading COSI’s first public engagement process for a temporary exhibit. The successful process was initiated for the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition and was comprised of a steering committee of diverse community leaders from various Columbus organizations. Prior to joining COSI in 2007, Ms. MuMin had over 10 years of professional leadership experience with nonprofit and government social service agencies focused on empowering low-income families through education, employment, and mentoring. Additionally, she cofounded a nonprofit agency transitioning women from public assistance to employment. Ms. MuMin received her Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University with dual majors in Social Policy and African American & African Studies. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Community Development from Antioch University. Ms. MuMin is the recipient of diversity fellowships from both the Association of Science and Technology Centers and the American Association of Museums.
Rita Deedrick – COSI
Rita Deedrick is a 20-year veteran of COSI, having spent the first ten years supporting COSI’s education and community programs. More recently, Ms. Deedrick was Director of COSI’s Center for Research and Evaluation, which includes the Lifelong Learning Group, a consultant group focused on collaborative study in lifelong learning. In this role, Ms. Deedrick was responsible for managing research, evaluation, and dissemination of visitor studies work within COSI as well as advancing COSI as a leader and advocate for research and evaluation in informal learning. Ms. Deedrick is now leading COSI’s effort to develop a Research and Development function, to help move COSI forward with internal and external partners through a social enterprise lens. Ms. Deedrick is an active member of the Visitor Studies Association, co-founder of the Columbus Area Visitor & Audience Studies (CAVAS) Community of Practice, and an active member of the Ohio Museums Association. Ms. Deedrick holds a BS in Business Education from The Ohio State University and an MS in Marketing and Communications from Franklin University in Columbus.
Brian Seilstad is Dr. Moore’s graduate research assistant and a doctoral candidate in Multicultural and Equity Studies. He received his MA in Classical Languages from Bryn Mawr College. He served in the Peace Corps in Morocco, then worked as a service-learning advocate and a language instructor at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. He focuses on linguistic diversity and equity, specifically with respect to refugees/migrants.
Min-Seok Choi is doctoral candidate in Language, Education, and Society. He first joined the AISL project as a Research Apprentice. He earned his MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the International Graduate School of English (Seoul). He is interested in teacher and learner identity development, discourse analysis in second language classroom learning, and ethnographic studies on Korean immigrants language socialization.
Somin Kim is conducting a research apprenticeship with Dr. Moore for the AISL project and is a third year doctoral student in Foreign and Second Language Education. She received her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and has 6 years of teaching experience in EFL and ESL settings. She is interested in English language learners’ transition process and their second language socialization.
Jackie Ridley is a second-year doctoral student in FSMLE. She has a degree in elementary education and TESOL from Penn State University and an MA from Trinity International University. Jackie’s research focuses on the language and literacy practices of young refugees, an interest born from her experience as an ESL teacher in Northeast Ohio and overseas in Thai-Burmese refugee camps.
Andrea Gutmann Fuentes is one of Dr. Moore’s undergraduate research assistants. She is interested in getting a degree in Linguistics along with another major— perhaps something within the realm of Comparative Studies. Her mother is Chilean, so Andrea grew up in a multicultural family as a dual language learner herself, and she lived in Chile with her parents and sister from 2007-2009.
Anisa Liban is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in Public Affairs, Non-profit Studies. Anisa is passionate about the water crisis and has been raising money for individuals living in war-torn Somalia. Since 2013, she has fundraised for her non-profit Horn of Hope, an organization striving to alleviate hunger, illiteracy and poverty in the horn of Africa. Anisa is determined to increase women’s participation in politics and is an alumna of The Ohio State University’s New Leadership Ohio! She encourages everyone, “make it a mission to have a vision”.
Our thanks to former members of the Expanding Repertoires team who have moved on to new opportunities.