Burgandi Rakoska

Burgandi Rakoska


I am originally from a rural town in New York State (about two hours south of Buffalo). I completed my Associates’ Degree and Bachelor’s Degree within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, at Jamestown Community College and Fredonia, respectively. My undergraduate was initially in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2). I then moved to New York City to complete my Master’s Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University, studying Higher and Postsecondary Education. I am now studying in the Centre for Disability Studies, here at the University of Leeds, focusing on the factors that contribute to the retention rates of disabled university students.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Disability Studies
  • Higher Education
  • Disability in Higher Education
  • The Disability Rights Movement
  • Intersectionality and Intersectional Oppression


  • M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education
  • A.S. in Early Childhood Education