UIUC Graduate Students

Leslie Camarillo

Leslie Camarillo

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Leslie Camarillo is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois who works under the direction of Dr. Stodolska. Her research interests include leisure among ethnic and racial minorities, with a particular emphasis on families and youth, culture change among immigrant families, and the effects of adaptation on recreation behavior among minority populations. Leslie is interested in exploring Latino immigrant families and their recreation behaviors, with particular emphasis on immigrant youth and the constraints they face in recreation participation.

Guangzhou Chen

Guangzhou Chen

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Guangzhou Chen is currently a second-year Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Monika Stodolska and Dr. Jon Welty-Peachey in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. Prior to his attendance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he studied Human Geography and Planning at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and Tourism Management at Beijing International Studies University in China. His research interests are in the effects of mega events on the local community. In his master’s work, he explored how the bid for 2022 Olympic Winter Games affected the resilience of winter tourism destination in Zhangjiakou. Currently, he is developing his dissertation research on the effects of mega events on population displacement.

Iulia Fratila

Iulia Fratila

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Iulia Fratila is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois who works under the direction of Dr. Berdychevsky. Her research interests are to better understand and develop novel contributions to risk as leisure, leisure and identity and many of the societal and cultural implications of the latter. Particularly, she wants to understand the engagement and negotiations individuals face with risky leisure and how their experiences impact their overall lives and well‐being. Her interests in leisure and identity are not limited to that of only risky behaviors, but rather to understand how our leisure pursuits impact our various identities, and oppositely how our identities inform our leisure pursuits. Additionally, her work is currently representative of vulnerable populations and individuals whose leisure pursuits categorize them as part of subculture systems in society.

Kayla Knazze

Kayla Knazze

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Kayla Knazze is second year Master’s student with an emphasis in Recreation Management. She currently works as the Event Management Graduate Assistant at Campus Recreation, helping RSOs, departments and community groups host successful events throughout the year. She has a variety of work and volunteer experience working in college athletics, special recreation, non-profit and private event management but she is most passionate about programming classes and events in public recreation to improve the wellbeing of the community. Her long-term goal is to manage a community center back home in Chicago to provide recreation opportunities for underserved minority populations.

Maggie Phan

Maggie Phan

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Maggie Phan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism.  Previously, she had received a Master’s in public health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Maggie is interested in the relationship between food and leisure, particularly the changes in leisure and diet that immigrants undergo after they move to a new country.  She is advised by Professor Monika Stodolska with whom she is investigating the changes in food consumption, preparation, and purchasing behaviors among Mexican Americans, and how all of these changes affect their quality and amount of leisure time.  Additionally, Maggie is a program evaluator with the I-STEM Education Initiative as well as a Community Aide for graduate students and families with University Housing.