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Mildred Boveda

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5411

Mildred Boveda is an assistant professor of special education and cultural and linguistic diversity at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. In her scholarship, she uses the term “intersectional competence” to describe teachers understanding of diversity and how students, families, and colleagues have multiple sociocultural markers that intersect in complex and nuanced ways. She designed the Intersectional Competence Measure to assess teachers’ preparedness for an increasingly diverse student population. Her research focuses on establishing the theoretical and empirical evidence of validity of the intersectional competence construct. Drawing from Black feminist theory and collaborative teacher education research, she interrogates how differences are framed across education communities to influence education policy and practice.

Professor Boveda started her career as a special education teacher in Miami Dade County Public Schools. She engages in various professional activities that allow her to examine the research, practice, and policies involved with educating students with diverse needs. She is currently immediate past president of the Division for Diverse and Exceptional Learners of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the chair of the Diversity Caucus for the Teacher Education Division of CEC. 

  • Ed.D. Exceptional Student Education, Florida International University
  • Ed.M. Education Policy and Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education 
Research Interests

Research Areas:

Special Education

Teacher Education

Intersectionality and Black Feminist Epistemology 

Urban Education

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 408SEI for Linguistically Diverse
ELL 515Structured Engl Immersion (SEI
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 317Spec Educ for Cultura/Linguist
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 317Spec Educ for Cultura/Linguist
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 417Inclusion Practices/Second Lvl
SPE 430Collaborative Teaching
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 555Inclusive Pract Diverse Learn