Marcella LaFever Profile


Marcella LaFever, Ph.D. (University of New Mexico, 2005) is an Associate Professor in Communications at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Marcella LaFever

Marcella, in examining the implications for herself to decolonize her communication practices, has focused her ongoing research program on listening to indigenous voices that have been saying for a long time what colonizers need to do to change their attitudes and practices. Marcella’s main program of research focuses on the social exclusion that results in public dialogue and decision-making where cultural ways of speaking are outside the norms expected in dominate North American culture. Her 9P Planning model posits a process that builds intercultural relationships to increase social inclusion in public dialogue. Dr. LaFever’s other current work is in two areas of intercultural communication: use of First Nation storytelling as a form of dialogic participation; and indigenization of classroom instructional practices.

Relevant Publications:

LaFever, M. (2017). Using the medicine wheel for curriculum design in intercultural communication: Rethinking learning outcomes. In G. Garcia-Perez & C. Rojas-Primus (Eds.), Promoting intercultural communication competencies in higher education (pp. 168-199). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

LaFever, M. (2016). Switching from Bloom to the Medicine Wheel: Creating learning outcomes that support Indigenous ways of knowing in post-secondary education. Intercultural Education, 27(5), 409-424.

LaFever, M. (2011). Empowering Native Americans: Communication, planning and dialogue for eco-tourism in Gallup, New Mexico. Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, 4(2), 127-145.

LaFever, M. (2008). Communication for public decision-making in a negative historical context: Building intercultural relationships in the British Columbia treaty process. Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, 1(2), 158-180.

Work for CID: Marcella LaFever prepared ICD Exercise #1: Intercultural Meetups.

Melita Garza Profile


Melita M. Garza is associate professor at the Bob Schieffer College of Communication of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

Melita GarzaShe is an American journalism historian who studies news as an agent of democracy, specializing in English- and Spanish-language news, the immigrant press, and coverage of underrepresented groups. Garza is the author of the award-winning They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression (University of Texas Press, 2018). They Came to Toil examines English- and Spanish-language news coverage of immigrants during the longest economic downturn in the United States. She is a founding faculty member of TCU’s interdisciplinary department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES). Her work has been published in Journalism History, American Journalism, and the Howard Journal of Communications.

She earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 after two decades reporting for the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, and the Los Angeles Times. At the Chicago Tribune, she pioneered the paper’s ethnic affairs beat, and covered immigration, among other topics. Dr. Garza also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Harvard University. She teaches journalism history, media literacy, business journalism, and diversity and the media.

Work for CID: Melita Garza serves on the CID Advisory Board.

Jhon Eduardo Mosquera Pérez Profile

ProfilesJhon Eduardo Mosquera Pérez is a full time English language educator at a public institution in Huila, Colombia. He is a first semester student in the master´s degree in learning and teaching processes in second languages at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.

Jhon Eduardo Mosquera PérezHe holds a bachelor degree in the teaching of English as a foreign language from Universidad Surcolombiana and a master´s degree in English language teaching from the same university. In addition to his current studies, he is working as a co-researcher within the framework of the research group “APRENAP” from Universidad Surcolombiana while being also part of a research hotbed at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Some of his interests in terms of research are: language teacher identity, language assessment, the intersection between language teacher identity and autoethnography, interculturality, English as a lingua franca, computer assisted/technology enhance language learning (CALL/TELL), among others. At the moment of writing these words, he is working towards the publication of some articles delving into the just mentioned areas of knowledge.

Work for CID: Jhon Eduardo Mosquera Pérez has translated KC40: English as a Lingua Franca and KC34 World Englishes into Spanish.

Federico Subervi-Vélez Profile

ProfilesDr. Federico Subervi-Vélez is currently, Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Communication (scheduled for publication in 2022), and Honorary Associate/Fellow of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Federico Subervi VélezIn 2018 he was Visiting Leverhulme Professor at the School of Media & Communication within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures of the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.  While there he conducted research about the media system and politics in Puerto Rico, a topic about which his co-authored book is titled: The News Media in Puerto Rico: Journalism in Colonial Setting and in Times of Crises(2020). In the United Kingdom he delivered lectures at the University of Leeds, and also at Cambridge University, Oxford University, Goldsmiths College-London, Sterling University, and the University of Liverpool among others.

His previous academic job was as Full Professor at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication and as Provost Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University in Ohio, where he helped develop the College of Communication and Information doctoral program while continuing his research about Latinos and media issues. Prior to that, he was Full Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University. He’s also been a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Subervi-Vélez earned his BA in Social Sciences and his MA in Public Communication from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. His Ph.D. in Mass Communication was earned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since the early 1980s, he has been conducting research, publishing and teaching on a broad range of issues related to the mass media and ethnic minorities, especially Latinos in the United States. In addition to more than fifty journal articles, essays, book chapters and reports on these subjects, he is the editor and an author of the book The Mass Media and Latino Politics.  Studies of U.S. Media Content, Campaign Strategies and Survey Research: 1984-2004 (NY: Routledge, 2008).

Subervi-Vélez has been Fulbright Research Professor in Brazil and in Chile. He was a UNESCO professor at the Universidade Metodista de São Paulo, and visiting professor at St. Petersburg State University, the University of Amsterdam, the Universidad Diego Portales and the University of Santiago in Chile, the Universidad Federal de Río Grande do Norte en Natal-Brazil, the University of Zeppelin in Germany, and the Instituto de Comunicación, Artes y Humanidades de Monterrey, México. Subervi-Vélez has delivered academic presentations at numerous universities in the U.S. and Latin America, and was one of the cultural consultants for Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and for Scholastic Entertainment’s The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel, and served as advisor for PBS’ Oh Noah!

From his home in Austin, Subervi-Vélez divides his time between his duties as member of the Advisory Board of ¡Boricua!, an emerging Internet radio organization, and as member of the Advisory Council of Child Trends’ Hispanic Institute.  He also serves on the editorial boards for Journalism & Mass Communication QuarterlyJournalism EducatorThe Howard Journal of Communications, the Revista Latinoameriana de Ciencias de la Comunicación, and Cuadernos Inter.C.A.Mbio Sobre Centroamérica y el Caribe.

In 2015 he was founding member and president of the Association of Latino Media, Markets & Communication Research. From 2013-2019, he served on the Board of Directors of the Latino Public Radio Consortium, for which he held the post of Secretary for three years.  In 2017, he also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education.  To help the Latino community in Texas, he worked as Chair of the Board of Directors of Latinitas, Inc., a non-profit organization whose vision is to empower Latino youth through media and technology, an organization that had its genesis in 2002 in one of Subervi-Vélez’s classes at the University of Texas.

Based on his lifelong work on diversity research and teaching, in 2012, the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication honored him with the Lionel L. Barrow, Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education. In 2017, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists also recognized his teaching, research and community service by inducting him into the organization’s Hall of Fame.

One of his most recent publications, co-authored with Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno, is titled “The Imperative of Latino-Oriented Media and News Literacy,” (pp. 109-119) in W.G. Christ & B.S. De Abreu (Eds.), Media Literacy in a Disruptive Media Environment, (2020, Routledge).

Work for CID: Federico Subervi-Vélez serves on the CID Advisory Board.

Yecid Ortega Profile

ProfilesYecid Ortega is a Ph.D. candidate in the program of Language and Literacies Education (LLE) and the specialization program in Comparative International, and Development Education (CIDE) at OISE – University of Toronto, Canada.

Yecid Ortega

His general research interests are within decolonial critical ethnographic and case study approaches to research. Yecid explores how globalization, capitalism and neoliberalism influence language policy decision-making processes and their effects on classroom practices and students’ lived experiences. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of language teaching in Colombia, USA, and Canada and has worked with teachers in curriculum and syllabus design. His research looks at how plurilingualism and pluriculturalism (PLPC) juxtaposes with concepts of race and his most recent work is related to the English language teaching using social justice lens in different international contexts. His also interested in community-based approaches to understanding the lived experiences of immigrants and refugee secondary students from international perspectives.

Work for CID:
Yecid Ortega serves as a reviewer for translations into Spanish.

Sasho Ognenovski Profile

ProfilesSasho Ognenovski (Ph.D.) is a Communicologist, writer, and theater director. He is President of PERUN ARTIS, an Association for Art and Multiculturalism, in Bitola, North Macedonia.

Sasho Ognenovski

His primary interest is in the multicultural landscape and environments, especially researching the so-called “invisible nations,” that is, those communities without a nation-state, displaced around the world. His doctoral research was in Public Relations.His professional career can be divided into two streams: artistic and scientific. Sasho is a writer and translator with five poetry collections (a sixth in production), four children’s plays staged in theatres in Macedonia, two plays for adults, of which one has been translated and published in the USA, and one novel (published in 2019), with a second in production. He also translates between English, Serbian, and Bulgarian.

In addition to PERUN ARTIS, he is chief editor of Literary Elements, a literary magazine dedicated to the world contemporary literature, produced in Macedonian in hard copy format; next year he expects to produce an electronic version in English.

Sasho earned his M.A. from the Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical research in Skopje, and his Ph.D. from the Institute for Media and Communications of the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” in the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, in Skopje, North Macedonia. He worked as an assistant in the Pedagogical Faculty in Bitola, and as a professor in the Slavic University “G. R. Derzhavin,” also in Bitola. As a scientist, he attended numerous congresses, conferences, and symposia dedicated to multiculturalism around the world, including Gothenburg, Oslo, Milan, Sofia, Belgrade, and London. He has collaborated with societies and foundations such as SIETAR, NIC, and SPARK. He has had short study visits at York University in Toronto, Canada, and The University of Santiago del Compostela, Spain. He has published in multiple scientific journals in North Macedonia and abroad. In the field of Communication and Media, he has written articles connecting theatre as a medium with other types of media. He writes literary, film, and theatre reviews for Macedonian and Serbian magazines and portals, and he is a member of ITI (International Theatre Institute) and to IACT (International Association of Theatre Critics). He’s also a member of the Macedonian Scientific Association in Bitola.

Partial listing of publications and conference papers:

Ognenovski, S. (2019). The Ransom Riggs’ trilogy of the peculiar children as a hybrid of realism and fantasticsThe Childhood, International Center for Literature for Children Zmaj’s Children Games, Novi Sad, Serbia, ISSN 0350-5286

Ognenovski, S. (2019). Children’s creative reception of a theatre play: The contribution to the preschool education in the achieving of the goals in the education. The College for Preschool Educators, Aleksinac, Serbia, ISBN 978-86-7746-755-5

Ognenovski, S. (2018). Multiculturalism and Macedonian cinematography. SIETAR, Fondazione Intercultura Onlus, Milan, Italy, ISBN 978-88-942887-1-1.

Ognenovski, S. (2017). The migrating movements and the multicultural landscape in the post-communist countries. Annual of Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research, 41(2).

Ognenovski, S. (1999). Paralinguism in the theater and international theater festivals. Journal of Intercultural Communications.

Work for CID:
Sasha Ognenovski has reviewed translations into Macedonian.

Shanoy Coombs Profile

ProfilesShanoy Coombs is a decade rich Development Communications Specialist based in the Caribbean with local, regional and international expertise spanning several industries in the public, private and International NGO sectors.

Shanoy CoombsHer MA research at the University of Sheffield, UK focuses on the role of Intercultural Communication in Multi Stakeholder platforms and will complement her prior work experience in multicultural and intercultural settings.

Shanoy has consulted with International organizations such as the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization for Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize as well as the European Union and has worked on projects funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank and Grand Challenges Canada.

She has also served as Communications Chairperson for the United Nations Communications Group Caribbean cluster where she provided oversight for joint United Nations activities in the caribbean that require communications support as a part of the One UN Strategy.

Shanoy also teaches Public Speaking sessions via the University of Sheffield’s student union and has led communications training sessions on behalf of several clients.

For more about her visit her website.

Publications prepared on behalf of organizations while an employee:

Work for CID:

Shanoy Coombs won a prize in the 2020 CID Video Competition. She also wrote KC98: Essentialism.

Salma T. Shukri Profile


Salma T. Shukri (Ph.D., University of Denver) is an instructor of communication in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Salma ShukriHer areas of interest include intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, and conflict management. Specifically, she explores how communication—specifically, how we communicate about difference—serves as both an instrument and a barrier to inclusion and belonging. Along with having taught several intercultural communication courses at various institutions, Salma has also held several non-academic, professional positions with local and international organizations in the field of conflict mediation and cross-cultural dialogue.

Additionally, Salma engages in methodological research, advancing qualitative research methods through her work. She has published this work in top-tier journals, including the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and in Text and Performance Quarterly. 

Recent publications:

Shukri, S. & Willink, K. (in press). Interpretive discernment: Feeling our way toward a performative understanding of interviewing. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 9(3).

Shukri, S. (2019). Review of Muslim women and white femininity: Reenactment and resistance. Text & Performance Quarterly, 39(4), 414-416. doi: 10.1080/10462937.2019.1657935

Willink, K., & Shukri, S. (2018). Performative interviewing: Affective attunement and reflective affective analysis in interviewing. Text & Performance Quarterly, 38(4), 187-207. doi: 10.1080/10462937.2018.1526409

Willink, K., Gutierrez-Perez, R., Shukri, S., & Stein, L. (2014). Navigating with the stars: Critical qualitative methodological constellations for critical intercultural communication research. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 7 (4), 289-316. doi: 10.1080/17513057.2014.964150

Work for CID:
Salma Shukri has translated KC22: Cultural Identity, KC35: Media Ecology, KC53: Conflict Management, and KC68: Social Justice  into Arabic. She also serves as a reviewer for Arabic translations.

Emilija Jovanovska Profile

ProfilesEmilija Jovanovska is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. She is also an ESL and English Composition instructor at the Global Students Success Program and the English department at the University of Idaho.

Emilija Jovanovska

Additionally, she enjoys the privilege of contributing to World education by teaching English Composition at the University of the People to students from all over the world. Her research interests are in the fields of Intercultural Communication, Academic Socialization, Leadership Studies, EdTech, and Curriculum Design. Her project “Language Socialization of Balkan Graduate Students into the Universities of the Palouse” was given an award by the Palouse Culture and Language Symposium, held annually at the University of Idaho.

Since one of her passions is educating educators, she dedicates part of her time to creating professional development projects for university educators, such as Navigating Academic Culture at US Universities by International Students, a lecture that she collaboratively delivered to the faculty at the University of Idaho and published on the Navitas Teaching & Learning website.

For more information about her, please follow the link to her website.

Work for CID:

Emilija Jovanovska has translated KC2: CosmopolitanismKC3: Intercultural Competence, and KC5: Intercultural Communication into Macedonian.

Daniel Mateo Ordóñez Profile


Daniel Mateo Ordóñez is a Sociologist from the National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.

The research areas in which he is interested are: Interculturality, Intercultural Dialogue, Hermeneutics, Hermeneutical Cultural Analysis, Phenomenology, Discrimination, Social Exclusion, Human Rights, and Culture.

He is an independent translator, investigator and author, as well as a volunteer collaborator with the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Dialogue / Cátedra UNESCO – Diálogo Intercultural at the National University of Colombia, and a member of the “Observatorio de la Exclusión” project associated with the UNESCO Chair.

He is also the creator of the Autarkeia Project, an independent project of dissemination and promotion of knowledge, especially in the area of Human and Social Sciences.

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Work for CID:

Daniel Mateo Ordóñez translated KC23: Afrocentricity, KC31: IndigenousKC49: Intersectionality, and KC89: Xenophobia into Spanish.