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. 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.
Darius Johnson is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education. His research interests focus on issues of race, equity, and culture in education, particularly culturally responsive sensemaking of urban teachers and principals.
Cassie J. Brownell
Cassie J. Brownell is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education Program. Originally from Montana, Cassie was an early childhood and elementary educator in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her research explores the question How might writing in the English language arts classroom become more inclusive of children's multiple cultural, linguistic, and modal ways of knowing?
Courtney Mauldin is a second year PhD student in K12 Educational Leadership at Michigan State University. She is a professional licensed teacher for grades K-12, and has formerly taught lower and upper elementary school four years prior to graduate school. She is a UCEA Jackson Scholar with research interests that encompass culturally responsive/sustaining school level leadership and its influence on schooling for students of color with multiple stigmatized identities. In addition to her doctoral studies, Courtney is a research assistant in the Teacher Education and Educational Leadership department at Michigan State University. As Communications Co-Chair of Division A for the AERA Graduate Student Council, she manages social media presence online and assists in curating content for outgoing newsletter communications. Courtney holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.Ed. in Instructional Practice. She is an avid volunteer and continues to mentor first-year teachers in developing social justice oriented lessons and fostering equitable learning environments.
Bernadette Castillo is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education Program. She is originally from New Mexico where she was an educator for 15 years. Her experience in public education drives her research interests that are focused on creating equitable learning spaces through culturally responsive practices.