Welcome to Valley Equity Consulting. I am Dra. Gliset Colón, owner and educational consultant. I am proud to say that I am a Puerto Rican woman born and raised in Buffalo, New York and grew up in the working class neighborhood known as the Valley. My family is from Ceiba, Puerto Rico and I am extremely proud of my Taíno ancestry. I identify as being Hispanic and/or Latina. My pronouns are she, her, and ella.
The logo for Valley Equity Consulting highlights the color purple. Besides being my favorite color, the color purple “encourages self-knowledge and deepening our understanding of our innermost thoughts.” It is my goal to increase the knowledge and understanding of practitioners in the field of bilingual special education to promote Equity in the education of multilingual learners with and without disabilities.
I am currently an Associate Professor in the Exceptional Education Department at SUNY Buffalo State University. I have the distinct pleasure of coordinating the Bilingual Inclusive Education Graduate Certificate Program. I am actively involved in several professional organizations including the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), and the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE).
I teach courses on topics related to bilingual special education, behavior and classroom management, and foundations of special education. In addition to teaching, I have research interests and expertise in literacy and language outcomes for multilingual students with and without disabilities, multi-tiered systems of support, disproportionality, and culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogy. I am available to provide professional development in any of the aforementioned areas.