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Dr. Derrick Tillman-Kelly,  PhD

  • Conducted a study of LGBT men of color experiences with identity and identity; study has significant implications for university and federal policies governing identity categories, labels, and use of such data
  • Now works as “University Innovation Alliance Fellow” at The Ohio State University, formerly was Special Assistant to the Director at the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE)

Dr. Royel Johnson,  PhD

  • Conducted a secondary analysis of large-scale data examining the influence of arrest and early contact with the justice system on Black males’ odds of enrolling in college; study has significant connections with justice policies, “one strike you’re out” school discipline policies, and college admissions policies
  • Now works as “Research Analyst and Compliance Officer” at the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE)

Dr. Jennifer DePaoli,  PhD

  • The Senior Education Advisor at Civic Enterprises, a Washington, DC think tank specializing in “public policy development, tracking federal and state issues, preparation of policy briefs and in-depth reports, and strategy and coalition development.” Before joining Civic Enterprises, Jennifer served as an education policy researcher at Policy Matters Ohio, a state policy think tank, where she worked on state K-12 education policy analysis, and authored Misleading Measurements, a report on highly rated urban public schools in Ohio, and co-authored Avoiding Accountability, a report on charter school closure law in Ohio.
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