Sage Wright is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education and a recipient of the Graduate School Preeminence Award Fellowship. She is pursuing a degree in Curriculum and Instruction and her research encompasses features of teacher preparation, social justice, and the social foundations of education. Originally from Staunton, Virginia, Sage earned a B.S. in Russian Language & Culture from Georgetown University and an M.A.T. in Special Education & Gifted Education from Mary Baldwin University. A former special education teacher, Sage has spent the past several years engaged in multidisciplinary investigations concerning deficit ideologies and their manifestations in U.S. society and its schools. Her academic interests include curriculum theory, arts-based practices, disability studies in education, mad studies, social foundations of education, and teacher education. Sage’s qualitative dissertation will examine the sociopolitical ideologies of undergraduate teacher candidates using a/r/tography and reflexivity work, with the aim of learning more about the ways teacher candidates’ early school experiences and social outlooks relate to their emerging teaching philosophies. After completing her degree, Sage hopes to secure a teacher education faculty position in which she can continue to support teacher candidates in exposing and challenging structures of inequity like white supremacy, ableism, and eugenics. At UF, she currently serves as Vice President of Operations on the Disability Honor Society’s executive board, having previously served on the Student Alliance of Graduates in Education executive board and the Graduate Student Council.