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Research Analyst. Ranetta has experience with qualitative research design, data collection and analysis. She has conducted research in the areas of postsecondary education, charter school governance and supplementary education programs. Her research interests include migrant education programs, undocumented secondary and post-secondary student experiences, migrant farm workers and families, and border-crossers of Central and South American diasporas. In addition, Ranetta has a background in career and technical education, curriculum design, and teaching. Prior to joining Activate, Ranetta worked in academic and student affairs at both private and public higher education institutions. She earned her M.A. in higher and postsecondary education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”exp” css=”.vc_custom_1494299118069{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]


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Research Analyst,  Activate Research, Inc.

Washington, D.C.
Oct 2015 – Present

Provide research support for qualitative data collection and analysis including focus groups, content analysis, case studies, narrative inquiry, ethnography, oral history, and portraiture

  • Collaborate on analysis and production of education research
  • Assist with publication process for the National Center for Education Statistics Statistic in Brief publications
  • Create and implement digital and social media strategies; measure effectiveness with web analytics
  • Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite (through v_CS5)
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Associate Director,  Robert H. Smith School of Business

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Jun 2010 – Dec 2015

Served as on-site career services advisor for all Smith undergraduates at regional center: provided internship/job search strategies, interview skills, resume development, business communication and etiquette training

  • Managed undergraduate advising caseload of 190 Marketing, International Business & Entrepreneurship majors (60% transfer from 2-yr. colleges)
  • Oversaw all Smith student club activities at the regional center Shady Grove campus
  • Provided pre-transfer advising for diverse, nontraditional, community college students
  • Assisted with recruitment, orientation, and enrollment management processes
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Program Associate/Instructor,  Global Communities Living & Learning Program

University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Aug 2008 – May 2010

Provided guidance and support for undergraduate independent research and service


  • Designed and taught global issues and international development colloquia
  • Developed community engagement programs for international and domestic students
  • Managed student recruitment and selection processes including marketing and promotions
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University of Maryland, 2005-2010″ tab_id=”1493111308338-947a9a2f-6284″][vc_column_text]

Research & Teaching Assistant,

Department of Education Policy Studies

University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Aug 2005 – May 2010

Instructor of undergraduate course in education policy studies (EDPS 301: Culture in Education, Policy & Practice and EDCP 386: Leadership & Service Learning)

  • Served as the primary contact for the International Center for Transcultural Education
  • Assisted the department with the coordination of an annual Diversity Colloquium Series
  • Designed course syllabi and taught 3-credit undergraduate upper-level courses
  • Managed the creation of financial and budget reports for school districts
  • Served as liaison between the Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller — office and school districts
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M.A., Center for the Study of Higher & Post-Secondary Education

Rackham Merit Fellow
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

 B.A., Economics & Chemistry
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL.
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”PUBLICATIONS” css_animation=”fadeIn” el_id=”1493113951595-9e37925c-6594″]Malachowski, M.R., Dorsey, B., Sackett, J.G., Kelly, R., Ferko, A.L., Hardin, R.N. (1996). “Effect of ligand donors on the catalytic properties of metal complexes.  Copper (II) complexes as catalysts for the oxidation of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol.” InorganicaChimica Acta 249, 85-92.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”CONFERENCES ” el_id=”1493114012499-9edcfdbb-563f”]Hardin, R., Douthirt-Cohen, B., and Tokunaga, T. (May 2009). “Remapping and Reclaiming Culture: The Imagined and Lived Terrains of Three Groups of Border Crossers.”  El Mundo Zurdo: The First International Conference on the Work and Life of Gloria E. Anzaldúa.  Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua (SSGA), University of Texas, San Antonio.


Hardin, R. (May 2009). “Narrating an Interstitial Space: How African-American Youth

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