Gretha Burchard joined the Ph.D. program in Public Affairs at Florida International University in 2011 and started working for the Institute for Public Management and Community Service in August 2012. Originally from Germany, she graduated from the University of Marburg, Germany with a B.A. in Language and Communication and received her M.A. in Euroculture from the University of Göttingen, Germany. During her Master studies, she spent one semester at the National Autonomous University of Mexico City, during which she collected data for her Master's thesis which dealt with the social integration of the German population of Mexico City into Mexican culture. Before joining the Ph.D. program of Public Affairs at FIU, she worked for one year in the field of public relations in Munich, Germany. Her main research interests are diversity, integration and gender related issues, both in the national and international context. Her dissertation deals with representatives bureaucracy and the impact that teachers with migration background would have on students' performance, career expectations, and the social climate.
Rachel Emas is an Institute Postgraduate Assistant and began her Ph.D. in Public Administration at Florida International University (FIU) in the fall of 2009. Prior to attending FIU, she graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary social sciences and later graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a master's degree in Political Science with specialization in Policy Analysis. While studying at UCF, Ms. Emas served as research assistant for ENLACE, an education policy program that seeks to increase access and success of minorities in higher education.