Fellows for Innovation and Change

The Southern Education Foundation initiated a fellows program designed to accelerate innovation and change in education research, policy, and practice.  Through this effort, SEF seeks to establish a cross-section of talented and active professionals interested in developing cutting-edge research, policy solutions, and innovative practice to improve the educational outcomes of all students from pre-kindergarten to higher education.

This three-year fellowship seeks to achieve three primary purposes:

  • To promote innovative research, policy development, and programming aimed at improving educational quality, equity, degree attainment and educational outcomes for low-income and minority students;
  • To strengthen the pipeline, network, and presence of talented and accomplished scholars, public policy professionals, and practitioners who will play important roles in achieving educational reform over the next decade; and
  • To create synergistic opportunities between SEF's programmatic work and the work of fellows in ways that improve, impact and advance a common cause. 

Meet the Fellows for Innovation and Change:

Brian Bridges, Executive Director, UNCF Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute
Leticia Tomas Bustillos, Associate Director of the Education Policy Project, National Council of La Raza
Adrienne Dixson, Associate Professor of Critical Race Theory and Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Guillermina G. Nuñez-Mchiri, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, UT El Paso
Everett Roper, Systems Engineer in the Systems Engineering Management Division, US Army Joint Attack Munition Systems Project Office/ Adjunct Professor of Engineering and Information Systems, Oakwood University
Niah Shearer, Statewide Evaluator of Georgia's Race to the Top Challenge Grant
David Stovall, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
Ivory Toldson, Deputy Director for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Dara Zeehandelaar, Research Manager, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

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