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The CUNY & Race Project Research Team

Carol A. Wright is a research associate for the Professional Staff Congress leading the study on CUNY and Race. She holds a B.A. from Lafayette College, an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Carol was a postdoctoral fellow at TERC, a not-for-profit education research organization in Cambridge, MA where her scholarly interests focused on the schooling of African American students in urban and suburban educational environments. At TERC, Carol also worked on “Inside the Double Bind” – an NSF-funded project that synthesized extant research about women of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and identified most promising practices to broaden participation of women of color on STEM faculties. As a visiting scholar and research associate at MIT, she conducted research on the Institute’s Race Initiative Team on the experiences of underrepresented faculty of color at MIT and played a leading role in the collection, analysis and presentation of the findings.

Ivelys Figueroa is a doctoral candidate in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She earned her M.A. in Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration and her B.A. in History-Sociology from Columbia University. Her research focuses on issues of diversity and social justice in higher education, and her current dissertation study examines the role of chief diversity officers in universities. Ivelys is also a former university administrator and has held positions as the director of an academic support and leadership development program for underrepresented students of color and as the director of a campus tutoring center.

Joseph Nelson is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Education at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. His dissertation research will use ethnographic methods to explore masculinity construction within a single-sex middle school for boys of color in New York City. Joseph currently serves as a research associate at the Center for the Study of Boys and Girls Lives at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Joseph is also part-time faculty at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School where he teaches undergraduate courses on gender and schooling and urban education. In his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Joseph taught first-grade in a single-gender classroom for two years.

Henry Park is a graduate student at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, currently pursuing his doctorate in Developmental Psychology. His work currently focuses on issues of race and intergroup contact among urban minority children and adolescents. Recently, he has published an article in the Journal of Youth and Adolescents titled “Intergroup Contact and Evaluations of Race-Based Exclusion in Urban Minority Children and Adolescents.” Henry has also worked for the Center for the Advanced Study in Education at the CUNY Graduate Center as a researcher and evaluator on various grant funded projects.


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