Katya Salmi

Daily Record Staff//August 24, 2022

Katya Salmi

By Daily Record Staff

//August 24, 2022

Katya Salmi

Associate Professor of Sociology

Montgomery College

In all the roles Katya Salmi has served, she strives to make the institution or organization a better, more equitable place. When Katya Salmi started teaching as a part-time professor at Montgomery College, she designed and taught free classes to students, removing all textbooks, and giving students one less thing to worry about. She also designed classroom activities and assessments to address the differential needs of each student in and out of the classroom.

Once she became a full-time teacher at Montgomery College, Salmi took things a step further, working to incorporate equitable practices in her department and the college.

Salmi is an active member of the college’s Presidential Advisory Committee on Equity and Inclusion and a member of the Anti-Racism Workgroup. She has led discussions and initiatives to address race and gender equity. Her deepest work is decolonizing higher education.

“This is a topic I am passionate about, and I believe is crucial for implementing real change that would support the education and work of minoritized and racialized persons. This work is embedded in my own teaching, but I have been heavily involved in raising awareness and promoting this work across the college,” she said.

Salmi was the recipient of two grants that have allowed her and her colleagues to implement theoretical ideas around decolonizing curricula and pedagogy in a very practical way and the programs have successfully brought diverse voices and ideas to the college.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Leading Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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