Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science (May 2019) University of Virginia • Curry School of Education
Meeting Black Girls on the Moon: Dissertation (In progress)
My dissertation aims to comprehensively examine the experiences of Black girls in schools from a perspective of promise, not risk. By changing the pervasive narrative that Black girls at risk to a narrative of Black girls at promise and providing Black girls with the practices, pedagogies and theories that best support their unique needs, we can move from “pushout” to pull in then stand out. I contend that every Black girl will excel in school with the right instruction, resources, and supports. Paper 1 draws a map, identifying key opportunities to better support Black girls within a school context. Paper 2 highlights the roles and characteristics of supportive teachers or administrators in the lives of Black girls. Finally, paper 3 adopts an integrative perspective to explore the influence of schools and peer groups on Black girl’s sense of self.
M.A. in Child Development, Concentration: Clinical Developmental Psychology May 2014 Tufts University • Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study & Human Development
B.A. in English Language and Literature and Psychology May 2012 University of Virginia • College of Arts and Sciences
President Barack Obama Presidential Appointee
Assistant Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Events Hosted to Support Women & Girls of Color (selected):