This summer, SEF will host SELI 2019 fellow, Christopher Mathis, a doctoral student at the University of Virginia. Christopher is one of twenty students who is apart of the 2019 SELI cohort of whom will be spending the summer enhancing the capacity of school districts, nonprofits, and government organizations across the South to work on issues of education equity. Though SELI fellows are young leaders, many have already established themselves as respected researchers and advocates in the education field.
Christopher recently presented at the Critical Race Studies in Education Association Conference (CRSEA) on the first higher education affirmative action case, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke. His research examined how our nation’s universities would fare in terms of equity, racial diversity, and equality if the court did not utilize the color-blind perspective in its original opinion. Christopher’s presentation sought to illuminate the ways the Court effectively maintained a number of inequities in higher education that are not intrinsic to the law but essentially serve to preserve white supremacy.
Chris’ work this summer will support both the leadership development and post-secondary portfolios at the Southern Education Foundation.