Brianna Joseph Named Holmes Scholar of the Month


Congratulations to Brianna Joseph, Holmes Scholar of the Month for March 2018!

Joseph is a 3rd-year full-time doctoral student in the Department of Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Her research interests include the over- and underrepresentation of students from various racial/ethnic backgrounds in special education and integrating adults with intellectual disabilities in fitness activities.

Joseph exemplifies the principles of the Holmes Program, including through her service last year as the first social media coordinator for the Holmes Council and through her work at FAU to advocate for equity and inclusion of students from underrepresented groups.

Previously, Joseph taught in a special education classroom for 4 years and served a year as the Response to Intervention liaison in South Florida. She spent 5 summers as a behavior specialist at a camp serving students with autism and intellectual disabilities. In addition, Joseph has worked for 3 years as a Zumba instructor for young adults with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities.

Joseph has created and implemented three professional development programs in public schools within her state, and she is the advocacy representative for the Council of Exceptional Children at her university. She is also the project supervisor for a $1.2 million funded special education grant by the Office of Special Education Programs. She has two accepted scholarly publications and 15 presentations to date.

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Monique Matute

Holmes Scholar, UNLV