“When I discovered Rockhurst was developing an Ed.D. program, a supportive faculty was a key factor for my application. Having completed my M.Ed from Rockhurst University in 2018, I knew firsthand the exceptional level of support that is given by faculty to the students. Considering a research topic that some would consider controversial felt like a risk. However, all of my professors have found ways to not only mention but celebrate diverse populations and cultures, including the LGBTQ+ community in their courses. For that, I am very grateful. I would be remiss not to mention all of the support I have received from Dr. Guler (Director of the Ed.D. program). In addition to offering academic and scholarly resources and support, Dr. Guler inspires, motivates, and affirms me that my research is valuable and important.”