Tati is a Ph.D. Candidate in STEM Education. She engages in research that examines the factors that support and hinder entrance to STEM majors, STEM degree completion, and workforce entry and persistence, at the intersection of gender and race/ethnicity. Her dissertation work explores how postsecondary science faculty conceptualize equity, make sense of inequality issues in education, and whether and how these understandings are related to their instructional practices.
Before coming to UT, she was a program director at the Center for Science and Math Education and instructional faculty in the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. She taught undergraduate courses in biology and health equity, co-developed biology and social justice curricula, and led professional development workshops on student-centered teaching practices and equity issues in STEM. Her work coordinating programs that support the academic success of minoritized students in STEM motivated her to pursue scholarship in the field so that she can contribute to the larger body of knowledge and national conversation on how to best support STEM students and prepare STEM educators.
She was recently awarded the 2021 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and the UT Graduate Continuing Dissertation Fellowship. Her work has appeared in PNAS, Sex Roles, CBE-Life Sciences Education, and Stem Cells and Development.