Anita Chandra is the director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on long-term disaster recovery, community resilience, and urban planning. Chandra’s recent publications have focused on the private sector’s role in emergency preparedness and disaster response.
Chandra has been cited by a number of outlets, including NBC, PBS, and the Washington Post. Prior to her position as JIE director, she served as director of RAND’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department. She earned a Dr.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program, RAND Corporation
Areas of Expertise: Community Resilience, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Urban Planning, Mental Health and Illness, Military Families, Childhood Development, Community-based Health Care
Ellen Oh is co-founder and President of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) a grassroots organization that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. A former attorney and college instructor, Ellen is also the author of the YA fantasy trilogy, The Prophecy Series, by HarperTeen, and the middle grade book The Spirit Hunters, to be released in 2017. She was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Notable People of 2014.
Author and President of We Need Diverse Books campaign
Areas of Expertise: Children’s Fiction, Social Activism through Literature
Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Human Development & Culture and Learning Sciences Faculty Affiliate, African & African Diaspora Studies Department, at the University of Texas at Austin.
Bentley-Edwards researches the experiences of youth in racial socialization, looking into sociopolitical agency and cohesion among African Americans, as well as white racial socialization, and the messages that white parents provide to their children around race.
Her work examines how cultural strengths can be used to minimize the negative outcomes related to racism stress, violence, aggression, bullying, and community stressors.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Human Development & Culture and Learning Sciences Faculty Affiliate, African & African Diaspora Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin
Areas of Expertise: Psychological Development of the African American Experience in the United States, Adolescent Racial Socialization, Human Development, Culture, Learning Sciences