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Victoria R. Aspinwall is an assistant to the Director of the Long Island Studies Institute of Hofstra University Axinn Library's Special Collections Department. She has been employed by Hofstra for over 14 years, starting as a part-timer in the Counseling, Research, Special Education, Rehabilitation (CRSR) Department.
She became interested in the International Center for Everybody's Child after reading an article about it in the Spring 2009 issue of Hofstra horizons. She had seen the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" and was so disturbed by its scenes of poverty and abuse that she felt compelled to do something to help the plight of children all over the world. In that end, she has become a volunteer for the ICEC.
She is the daughter of Yurek and Galina Lazowski, former dancers of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and American Ballet Theatre. She is married with two children and two grandchildren; her youngest daughter is a junior at Hofstra, majoring in business management.
Carol McGill is an English teacher in the Farmingdale School District and a doctoral student in the Literacy Studies Program at Hofstra University. She received a B.S. in English/Education from Long Island University and an M.A. in English /Education from Queens College.
Her research interests are nature and the spiritual lives of children, eco-literacy, and the effects of globalization on developing nations. She is currently researching the implications of the global food security crises on children in developing nations.
Carol's belief in social justice for all is grounded in her belief in the worth and dignity of each human being and their right to an equal claim on life, freedom, and justice. In her work with ICEC, she looks forward to working with organizations and agencies who promote the rights of children worldwide.
Josefa Pace is an Associate Adjunct Instructor at Adelphi and Hofstra Universities. At Hofstra, she teaches writing for the School of University Studies. At Adelphi, she teaches writing and literature courses for University College. She is also an active member of the Long Island Soccer community and an Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Adelphi University.
Josefa holds a BA in English and a BFA in Theatre with a minor in Italian from Adelphi University. Along with her collegiate studies at Adelphi, Josefa was a member of the women's soccer team for four years.
She graduated from Queens College with an MA in English/Creative Writing, and completed one year of studies at Sarah Lawrence College where she was pursuing a second Masters in Women's History.
For ICEC Josefa focuses her research on women and children who have been victims of rape and violence and who have been treated unjustly.
As a doctoral student in the Literacy Studies Program at Hofstra University, Josefa continues to examine discourses surrounding language, culture, identity, and gender.
Anne Pross graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 2004 from the University of Delaware and has recently graduated from Hofstra University with a Master's degree in Literacy Studies and Special Education.
As a sixth grade teacher in the New York City Public Schools as well as in a Long Island school district, she has always been interested in studying the literacy practices of students from diverse backgrounds.
She is currently a doctoral student in Literacy Studies at Hofstra University and looks forward to the continued study of children in the communities in which she lives and works as well as connecting with children all over the world through her work with ICEC.
Stephanie Schneider is a graduate of Binghamton University where she received dual bachelors' degrees in Philosophy and History. She graduated from Hofstra University with a Master's degree in Special Education and Social Studies.
Stephanie is a social studies and special education teacher at Herricks High School. She is also a doctoral student in Literacy Studies at Hofstra University.
She has been working with ICEC for three years. She is currently working on connecting the freshwater crisis to children in both developed, developing, and non-developed countries. Her other interests include education in developing and non-developed countries, the impact of conflict on women and children, and the use of art as a response to conflict.
Louise Shaw began her career as an educator teaching on a variety of grade levels at a Long Island, NY elementary school for eleven years. She has recently joined the Literacy Department at Dowling College in Oakdale, NY as a full time faculty member and Director of the Dowling Literacy Center.
Louise's educational background includes dual-certification in Special Education and Elementary Education as an undergraduate at Wright State University in Fairborn, OH. She earned her Masters in Literacy at Southampton College/LIU in Southampton, NY and is currently working on her Ed.D. in Literacy Studies at Hofstra University.
Her research interests include critical literacy, semiotic representation, digital literacy, literacy and the arts, and teacher research.