This week’s #NPRSource, Deborah A. Santiago, is an expert in Education. She is the Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President for Policy at Excelencia in Education, an organization that aims to improve Latino access in higher education. Her work concentrates on state and federal policy, financial aid, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and the evaluation of effective institutional practices. Deborah is also a board member of the National Student Clearinghouse and Univision’s Education Campaign. She works in Washington, D.C.
Tina Trujillo is an Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. She is an expert on education inequality, federal educational policymaking, and test-based educational reforms. Trujillo’s research focuses on the politics of urban district reform and the effects of standardized testing. The American Educational Research Journal and Teachers College Record are among the numerous journals that have published her work. She can be heard contributing her expertise on NPR’s Morning Edition, here.
Associate Professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education
Area of Expertise: Educational Inequality, Federal Education Policymaking, Test-Based Educational Reforms and High-Stakes Testing
Stella Flores is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at New York University. She is an expert in Higher Education Policy, Completion Among Low-Income and Underrepresented Populations, College Access and Affirmative Action. Her research has used large-scale databases to examine the effects of state and federal policies on college completion rates as well as college access for low-income and underrepresented populations. Flores is on the editorial board of several academic journals, including Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The Review of Higher Education and Sociology of Education. Her work has been cited in various amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court relating to affirmative action and higher education. She is located in New York City.
Associate Professor of Higher Education at New York University
Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Prior to UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at NYU and Harvard. He is the author of eleven books and over 200 articles and monographs. He has recently co-authored several books, including Excellence Through Equity (Corwin 2015) and School for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectory of African American and Latino Boys (Harvard Education Press 2014).
Noguera currently on the boards of numerous local and national organizations, including Economic Policy Institute, the Young Women’s Leadership Institute, The After School Corporation and The Nation Magazine. He was previously Governor of the Trustees for the State University of New York (SUNY), and was appointed to the National Academy of Education in 2014. Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences/Sage, National Association of Secondary Principals, and the McSilver Institute at NYU for various achievements and research efforts. Dr. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.
Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.
Areas of Expertise: School Reform, Community Engagement in Schools, School Violence/Discipline, Education Policy, Youth Development, Teacher Efficacy, Parent Involvement in Schools
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 310 206-9208 Heard on NPR
Julio Frenk is the president-elect of The University of Miami. He was previously the Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Minister of Health of Mexico, from 2000 to 2006. He has written extensively about universal health coverage and health equity. In 1998, Dr. Frenk joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy. He served as a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as president of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City. In 2008 Dr. Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award.
President of the University of Miami
Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Health Care Policy, Global Health, Higher Education
Tressie McMillan Cottom teaches sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also an affiliated faculty at The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and contributing editor at Dissent magazine. Her current research focuses on inequalities in education, technology and work, which includes a study of for-profit colleges in the U.S., inequalities among “public intellectuals” and social media practices in institutions.
McMillan Cottom’s research aims to understand how inequalities manifest in the new economy and how those inequalities can be addressed. In addition to teaching and researching, she has advised academic, community and political organizations on matters of race/gender/class inequality, higher education and workforce development. McMillan Cottom also consults with universities and non-profit organizations on public scholarship, technology and organizational change.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Areas of Expertise: For-profit Higher Education, Digital Inequalities, Transition Points from Student to Worker
Patricia Gándara teaches and co-directs the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. She also chairs the Working Group on Education for the University of California-Mexico Initiative in which she is spearheading a number of California-Mexico education projects.
Her most current research includes the impact of migration on Mexican origin students in the US and those returning to Mexico, as well as pathways to educational attainment for Mexican and U.S. students of Mexican origin. She specializes in language policy and English learners as well as the impact of offering BA degrees at community colleges.
Gándara recently co-edited two journal issues: Language Policy (2012) and Teachers College Record (2013) that summarize research conducted in Arizona for the Horne v Flores Supreme Court case, which dealt with the rights of English Learners to an equitable education. The studies pointed out the inequities in Arizona’s policy of providing English drill in lieu of access to a standard curriculum as required by the Supreme Court in Lau v Nichols (1974). She is the author of many books including “Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies” with Megan Hopkins, and “The Bilingual Advantage: Language, Literacy, and the U.S. Labor Market” with Rebecca Callahan.
In 2011, Gándara was appointed to President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and in 2015 received the Distinguished Career Award from the Scholars of Color.
Research Professor and Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA
Areas of Expertise: Language Policy, Bilingual Education, Latino Education (especially education of Latinas), US-Mexico Education Issues; Higher Education Access and Equity
Michelle Asha Cooper is the president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), one of the nation’s most effective voices in championing access and success for all students in postsecondary education. Cooper is recognized as a well-respected practitioner, researcher, and policy advocate, helping to reaffirm IHEP’s role of ensuring equal educational opportunities for all students. Cooper has raised millions to create and maintain IHEP’s strong partnerships with national and international leaders from the postsecondary, policy, philanthropic, business, and civic communities.
Prior to joining IHEP, Dr. Cooper held various leadership positions at the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance a the U.S. Department of Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council for Independent Colleges, and King’s College.
President, Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
Areas of Expertise: Higher Education Access and Equity, Student Loans, Federal and State Policies Regarding Postsecondary Education
Her research interests include education law and policy, educational equity, access, diversity, school reform and Critical Race Theory. She focuses on critically examining school laws, policies and practices, and how they shape educational equality, equity, access and/or opportunity for students of color and other marginalized groups in urban and rural educational contexts. Currently, Thompson Dorsey’s research concentrates on school segregation and affirmative action, and the legal, policy, and practical implications related to the aforementioned topics.
Thompson Dorsey is a member of the American Educational Research Association, Education Law Association, and she is a licensed attorney in the state of Pennsylvania.
Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Areas of Expertise: Education Law, Education Policy (related to Racial, Economic and Geographic Segregation and Affirmative Action), School Reform, Educational Equity and Access, Critical Race Theory
Maite Arce (Mai-tay Ahr-say) is a leading voice in creating access and enhancing opportunities for Latino communities to connect with information, partners, and resources they need for a better life. She is the founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), a DC-based, national nonprofit, well-known for its vast network of community based partners that work together to create trustworthy support systems that promote community action.
Her interest in innovative community engagement practices that build sustainable connections that lead to protecting health, culture, natural resources and community spans her 21-year career in the nonprofit sector.
Founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation
Areas of Expertise: Latino culture, environment, and issues related to Latinos and financial literacy, health and education