Urban Education and Family
The Urban Education and Family Transdisciplinary Core will create an Urban Education and Family Institute. This institute will be unique because of its transdisciplinary partnership among the School of Education, College of Humanities & Sciences, and the Wilder School for Public Policy.
The institute will serve as a hub and catalyst for a transdisciplinary community of scholars who are dedicated to equity and excellence for Black and LatinX learners.
- Design and develop culturally informed, transformational, curriculum with a focus on the science of learning, and culturally-sustaining pedagogy
- Formulate strategies that foster educational attainment, such as creating a Center for Urban Education and Families and a Cradle to College Pipeline
- Influence policy reform by constructing research strategies that have the greatest potential to dismantle educational inequities that lead to income inequalities that currently exist in Richmond Public Schools and surrounding counties
Transdisciplinary core team
- Andrew P. Daire, Ph.D.
- Dean and professor of counselor education, School of Education
Daire’s research examines individual, couple, and family stability and economic mobility with an emphasis on those living in poverty. He has received over $15 million in external funding dollars to support his research, which is primarily community engaged.
- Risha R. Berry, Ph.D.
- Assistant professor, Department of Educational Leadership
Berry's research is informed by over 29 years of experience in organizational leadership, including a track record of infusing systems theory in the development of successful public-private partnerships, design of organizational frameworks, writing and securing numerous program grants – totaling over a million dollars and publishing peer-reviewed research.
- Adai A. Tefera. Ph.D.
- Assistant professor, Department of Foundations of Education, School of Education
Tefera’s scholarship focuses on how educational policies aimed at improving equity among students at the intersections of race, dis/ability, language, and other sociocultural differences are enacted and experienced by educators, leaders, and students. She is also interested in strengthening research-policy-practice partnerships to improve educational opportunities of non-dominant learners.
- Vilma T. Seymour
- Community Partner, Richmond Region League of United Latin American Citizens
Vilma T. Seymour chartered the Richmond Region League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to advance the educational attainment of Latinos by engaging the community in advocacy and policy efforts at the local, state, and federal level. LULAC believes that universal and quality public education is the foundation for lifelong success, and strongly opposes any measure that denies education as a fundamental right, including that of immigrant children.
- Montse Fuentes, Ph.D.,
- Dean, College of Humanities and Sciences
Montse Fuentes is the Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the flagship journal in Statistics. Montse has authored over 100 scientific publications & served as principal investigator (or co-PI) on more than 20 research grants, with total funding of more than $25 million. She is the principal investigator and director of the Research Network for Statistical Methods for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (STATMOS), funded by NSF.
- Shawn O. Utsey, Ph.D.
- Professor and chair, Department of African American Studies and professor of counseling psychology, Department of Psychology
Utsey’s research is focused on understanding how race-related stress affects the psychological and physiological health and wellbeing of African Americans. In addition, he studies the role of culture in relation to coping and resilience among African Americans
- Zewelanji N. Serpell, Ph.D.
- Associate professor and director of graduate studies, Department of Psychology and affiliate faculty, Department of African American Studies
Serpell’s research focuses on optimizing the learning experiences of African-American students. Her work considers sociocultural processes, and advances in cognitive science to develop and test school-based programs. She is an American Educational Research Association congressional fellow, and co-author of the 2018 report “How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures"
- Susan Gooden, Ph.D.
- Interim dean and professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Gooden is a recognized expert on social equity and disparity studies. She is a past president of the American Society for Public Administration and an elected fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration.
- Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D.
- Assistant professor and director, The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Douglas-Glenn's teaching and research interest focus on public policy, program evaluation, comparative state politics, women and leadership, and the intersection of race and social policy. She has varied expertise in leadership development in public and private organizations and is active in numerous community and professional organizations.
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