Dr. Na’ilah Suad Nasir, President of the Spencer Foundation, will give a presentation followed by a panel discussion with Illinois faculty regarding funding and research on race and inequality in education. During Dr. Nasir’s presentation we will learn more about how her vision for the Spencer Foundation reflects and supports research in this area. Scholars who do research explicitly on race and inequality still struggle to find sources of funding for their research, especially funding that enables them to examine these issues longitudinally. Also, beyond just considering diversity and inclusion in the type of research the foundation will fund, we will learn more about how Dr. Nasir’s vision for diversity and inclusion will also be reflected in the organizational structures, culture, and opportunities at the Spencer Foundation.
Arcasia James-Gallaway, doctoral candidate, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Dr. Gabrielle Allen, Associate Dean for Research, College of Education
Dr. Antoinette Burton, Director, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
Dr. Christopher Span, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, College of Education
Dr. William Trent, Moderator, College of Education Executive Committee and Director, Center for Education in Small Urban Communities, College of Education
Na'ilah Suad Nasir is the sixth President of the Spencer Foundation. She was a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley from 2008-2017 where she served as Vice-Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley from November 2015. Nasir earned her PhD in Educational Psychology at UCLA in 2000, and was a member of the faculty in the School of Education at Stanford University from 2000–2008. Her work focuses on issues of race, culture, learning, and identity. She is the author of Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement for African-American Youth and has published numerous scholarly articles. Nasir is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2016 she was the recipient of the AERA Division G Mentoring Award.