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New Orleans – April 11-13, 2018

Pictured (left to right): Dorinda Carter Andrews, Anthony Jack, Vijay Pendakur

Dorinda Carter Andrews, Assistant Dean of Equity Outreach Initiatives, College of Education, and Associate Professor of Race, Culture, and Equity, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Dorinda Carter Andrews is Assistant Dean of Equity Outreach Initiatives for the College of Education and Associate Professor of Race, Culture, and Equity in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. She is also a core faculty member in the African American and African Studies Program and Co-Director of the Graduate Urban Education Certificate Program. Her teaching and research focus on race and equity in education, urban teacher preparation and identity development, black student racial and achievement ideologies, and critical race praxis with in-service educators. She utilizes qualitative methodologies and critical theories to inform her work. Carter Andrews is co-editor of “Contesting the Myth of a Post-Racial Era: The Continued Significance of Race in U.S. Education” (2013) and is a 2014 recipient of the Early Career Contribution Award from the Committee on Scholars of Color in Education of the American Educational Research Association. She has given two TEDx talks, “The Consciousness Gap in Education” and “Teach Kids to be Eagles.” Her work has been published in several academic journals, including Harvard Educational Review and Teachers College Record. Learn more about Dorinda Carter Andrews.

Anthony Abraham Jack, Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Educationand Shutzer Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Anthony Jack is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds the Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His research documents the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates: the Doubly Disadvantaged­ (those who enter college from local, typically distressed public high schools) and Privileged Poor­ (those who do so from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools). His scholarship earned awards from the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Tony held fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation and is a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. The National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan named him a 2016 Emerging Diversity Scholar. The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The National Review, American RadioWorks, and MPR have featured his research as well as biographical profiles of his experiences as a first-generation college student. Learn more about Anthony Jack and view his publications.

Vijay PendakurRobert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, Cornell University; and Editor, Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success.

Dr. Vijay Pendakur serves as the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University. Prior to this appointment, he worked on campus-wide student success initiatives for underserved populations as an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University – Fullerton. Before joining the team at Fullerton, Dr. Pendakur served as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Student Success at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the editor of the recent book, “Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success,” as well as numerous chapters on Asian American racial identity development, color-blind racism, and critical leadership pedagogy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and East Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of California, San Diego, and a doctorate in education from DePaul University. Learn more about Vijay Pendakur

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