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Cihan Demir

Cihan Demir standing outside Cleveland Hall, hands in pockets.

Cihan Demir

Research Assistant
Pullman campus
Cleveland Hall LPRC
Pullman, WA  99164


Cihan Demir is a Master’s student in the Educational Psychology program at Washington State University. In his research, he is interested in applying the following methodologies: Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT), Item Response Theory (IRT), and Meta-Analysis.

Cihan is originally from Turkey. After receiving his B.S. and M.Ed degree in Division of Philosophy Group Education, he taught philosophy, psychology and sociology classes in a high school in Turkey for three years. He then received a scholarship from the Turkish Ministry of Education, allowing him to come to the U.S. to pursue an additional Master’s degree, followed by a Ph.D in the same program.

Rachel Min Wong

Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong

Graduate Assistant
Educational Psychology
Pullman Campus
Cleveland Hall 80
Pullman, WA  99164


Rachel Wong is a Ph.D. student in the WSU College of Education Educational Psychology program. Her research focuses on multimedia instructional design, learning strategies and techniques to enhance STEM learning at both middle school and college levels. She hopes to provide support to both educators and students within the classroom via her research.

Rachel is originally from Singapore and came to America in 2011 to get her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Mathematics from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. She also received her Master of Arts in Education (Educational Psychology) in 2017 from WSU.

Kathryn Merrick

Katie Merrick

Communications Coordinator
Marketing and Communications
Pullman campus
Cleveland Hall 176
Pullman, WA  99164


Katie Merrick provides a student perspective to the marketing and communications team at the College of Education. She helps create social media posts, write weekly news articles, and share the many different stories of the College of Education.

Katie is currently working towards a B.A. in strategic communication from WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. She is an active member of the WSU chapter of the Association for Women in Communications and currently serves as vice president of the club. She also works as a campus representative for Pearson Education.

Katie is a third generation WSU student and the granddaughter of a College of Education graduate.

What she lacks in professional experience she makes up for in enthusiasm. Education has always been important to her and she hopes to use this passion to share the great accomplishments of the College of Education.

Katie plans to graduate in May 2019.


The Engagement Project

Task Engagement Survey

Dear English Language Educator:

Research shows that if students are engaged in learning activities they will learn better. We want to help English language students and teachers in both ESL and EFL contexts learn and teach more effectively, and you can help us by completing this survey about your own teaching or ask your students to complete it about their learning. The student and teacher versions of the survey have been translated into 10 languages so that you can choose a suitable version and answer the questions or guide your students to answer the questions as completely and specifically as possible. The findings of this study will lead to a learning model that could potentially benefit English language learners worldwide. In addition, the engagement principles discovered through this research may be adopted in other learning contexts for creating a more effective teaching/learning environment.

By taking this survey you agree that your answers can be used as data to help us create a task engagement model. We guarantee that your data will not be identified and cannot be traced to you; in other words, the data are anonymous. We appreciate your help!

Note: This survey is for English language teachers and learners. If you are not an English language teacher or learner, please do not take this survey. Also, the survey is password-protected; the password for student surveys is “students2018” and for teachers “teachers2018” (without quotes).  We will be happy to provide you with the results when they are analyzed.

If you have any questions or need any help with this task, please email us at or

Student Task Engagement Survey

Choose the language that you are most comfortable reading.

  1. Arabic (عربى)
  2. Chinese simplified  (简体中文)
  3. Chinese Traditional (華語)
  4. English
  5. Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia)
  6. Korean (한국어)
  7. Persian/Farsi (فارسی)
  8. Russian (русский)
  9. Spanish (Español)
  10. Ukrainian (Українська)
  11. Turkish (Türk)
Teacher Task Engagement Survey

Choose the language that you are most comfortable reading.

  1. Arabic (عربى)
  2. Chinese simplified (简体中文) 
  3. Chinese traditional (華語)
  4. English
  5. Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia)
  6. Korean (한국어)
  7. Persian/Farsi (فارسی)
  8. Russian (русский)
  9. Spanish (Español)
  10. Ukrainian (Українська)
  11. Turkish (Türk)


Ledger Art Workshops. Art as Therapy

Dear friends,
The Mestizo Center is pleased to announce the last “Under the Skin” workshop Fall 2017. With the support of the Plateau Center for Research and Collaboration and Native American Programs and Native American Student Center we are honored to announce the visit of Black Feet Artist John Pepion  this Thursday November 30. Students, faculty, staff, and community members will have two spaces to listen to John’s story and co-create ledger art. People are invited to attend either or both 😃10-12 we will be in Cleveland 21A and 2-5pm Mestizo Center Cleveland Hall 121 (Beside the Math Lab). A couple of  links on John’s artistic are provided below. We hope you can join us in this semester’s last space of listening, dialogue, and creation. Our gratitude in advance for the support expressed to the Mestizo Center and “Under the Skin” series.

About John

John Isaiah Pepion is an artist who hails from the Blackfeet Nation in northern Montana. The art journey has been ceremonial for John as his understanding of his past, family, and culture grows with his work. He descends from Mountain Chief, a Blackfeet leader who preserved history through numerous winter counts. Through art, John finds personal healing and cultural preservation. He speaks with troubled youth in public schools to promote the benefits of art as therapy. John holds formal degrees in Art Marketing and Museum Studies from United Tribes Technical College and the Institute of American Indian Arts, respectively. However, his education continues with every piece he creates and with every story he shares. John incorporates traditional design elements into colorful contemporary illustrations, leaving his work highly recognizable. Most importantly, John’s art deepens his connections to self and place, providing him with a sense of strength.


About the Workshop

I start the workshop with an introduction of who I am and start talking about ledger art plus I show examples of my art. I explain the history of ledger art and where it’s at now. Then I share my work and tell my story. After that I hand out a few books on ledger art for youth and adults to view. Then I give the youth and adults actual antique ledger paper. I share how to draw my style of ledger horses or buffalo step by step

Workshop: Mistaken Identity: A reflection of the Mixed-Race Experience 


About the Workshop

Dear followers of the Mestizo Center, we continue with our series of workshops this Fall 2017, exploring the complexities of identity formation. This Thursday, Faith Price, Assistant Director of the WSU’s Native American Programs, will share her experience as a mixed-race human being. In Faith’s words, in this workshop “we will explore the parts that make us whole, and the complexities of phenotype and racial identity”. This will also be a unique opportunity to learn from Faith’s skills to design and we will be co-creating with her a collective art piece. As usual, we will have wonderful food, conversations, and a great time.

Thank you for supporting #UnderTheSkin by spreading the word among your networks. Everybody is welcome. See you on Thursday, 2:00pm Cleveland Hall 121

About Faith Price

Faith Price is the Assistant Director of WSU’s Native American Programs. She is of Wampanoag/African American/European descent. She grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, and graduated from the University of Montana.  She has one daughter who is even more mixed race than she is 🙂 In her free time, Faith loves to sew and has her own fashion line called Powwow Baby. 

Exercise Is Medicine

Ever wonder what exercise can do for your health? WSU’s Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Leadership Team will be hosting events October 23-27, to promote physical activity and to introduce the EIM global health initiative to campus.

Here’s what’s happening each day of the week:

Monday, Oct. 23

WSU’s EIM initiative kicks off with three all-campus walks, one at 12:00 p.m., one at 12:30 p.m. and another at 1:00 p.m.

President Kirk Schulz and Provost Dan Bernardo will be walking during the 1 p.m. o-clock time slot. Community members are encouraged to attend the walk. The initiative is being hosted by the sport science and athletic training programs and will have different components each day.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Today EIM will be teaching quick and easy flexibility exercises that anyone can do in the home, office or classroom. Come learn and experience EIM from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Glenn Terrell Mall. A free yoga class will also be offered at the Chinook from 12:10-12:50 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Come test your strength today and complete as many push-ups or sit-ups as you can! We will have a contest throughout the day to see if we get more push-ups or sit-ups. Come learn and experience EIM from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Glenn Terrell Mall.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Test your endurance with jump ropes, a jog throughout campus, or a walk test. Come learn and experience EIM from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Glenn Terrell Mall.

Friday, Oct. 27

EIM leaders will be teaching proper squat and lifting techniques with fitness professionals throughout the day. EIM will also have a squat challenge with a collective goal of 2,000 squats for the day. Come learn and experience EIM from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Glenn Terrell Mall.

“Houseless Testimonios of Survival & Resistance”

Please join the Alhadeff Future Teachers of Color in a free workshop: “My Story is the Only Thing I Own: Houseless’ Testimonios of Survival & Resistance” on October 19 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in EdAd 212.

This workshop will be facilitated by Nancy Carvajal Medina, a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education.

Workshop Information:

What are the stories of unstably housed people in rural areas? What do we know about rural homelessness? What actions can we take to support community members who experience housing instability?

In this session we will listen to a snapshot of one houseless’ testimonio and will share our insights about what it entails experiencing housing instability. Bring your whole self (mindbodyspirit) to enter into a houseless’ world.

WSU students are highly encouraged to attend. Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome.

"My Story is the Only Thing I Own"

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