Dana Thompson Dorsey

Dana Thompson Dorsey teaches courses on education law, policy, and race and culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.

Dana Thompson Dorsey

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

Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Contact Information:

Phone: (412) 897-0078
Email: dtdorsey@unc.edu

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Beverly Tatum

Beverly Tatum is the president of Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta. Before becoming Spelman’s president in 2002, Tatum was a professor of psychology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Prior to Mount Holyoke, Tatum taught psychology at Westfield State College and was a lecturer in black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Tatum’s research interests include black families in white communities, racial identity in teens, and the role of race in the classroom. She has written three books, including 2007’s Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation.

President Barack Obama appointed Tatum to the Advisory Board for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Tatum received the Brock International Prize in Education in 2005 for her leadership and academic contributions.


President of Spelman College

Areas of Expertise: Higher Education, Clinical Psychology, Race Relations, Race, Racial Identity

Location: Atlanta, GA

Contact Information:
Phone: (404) 270-5822 (o) | (404) 569-2789 (c)
Twitter: @BDTSpelman

You can also email or call the President’s Office at Spelman:
Email: presidentsoffice@spelman.edu
Phone: (404) 270-5001

Or you can contact Tomika DePriest or Terrilyn Simmons:

Tomika’s Email: tdepriest@spelman.edu
Phone: (404) 270-5060

Terrilyn’s Email: tsimmons8@spelman.edu
Phone: (404) 270-5822 (o) | (404) 569-2789 (c)

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