Visiting Faculty Scholars of Color

Each year since 2008, a number of scholars of color from all over the country are invited to Penn GSE to give lectures and share their research with faculty and students as part of the Visiting Faculty Scholars of Color series. The series also provides an opportunity for doctoral student socialization and learning. These talks are followed up with a lunch and conversation between students and the speaker about his/her work. 

As lecture dates are confirmed, they will be posted here as well as on our Penn GSE events calendar.

Past Events

Dr. Ruth N. López Turley

Professor of Sociology
Rice University
Director, Houston Education Research Consortium
“Connecting Research and Policy to Reduce Inequality”


Dr. Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

Associate Professor of Education
Director, Higher Education Research Institute
University of California Los Angeles
“Using Big (and Critical) Data to Unmask Inequities in Community Colleges” 


Dr. Brenda Jones-Harden

Associate Professor, Developmental Science Program
Department of Human Development, University of Maryland
“Buffering Children Against Adversity Through Early Childhood Intervention”


Dr. Angel L. Harris

Professor of Sociology & African and African American Studies, Duke University
“Is the Compass Really Broken: Parental Involvement in Children’s Education” 


Dr. John Diamond

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education
“Despite the Best Intentions: The Persistence of Racial Inequality in “Good: Schools” 
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Dr. Derrick Darby

University of Kansas
Department of Philosophy
"Why the Origins of the Racial Achievement Gap Matters" 
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Dr. Ebony McGee

Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt, Peabody College of Education
"Marginalized STEM Talent: Young, Gifted, and Robust...yet Fragile"
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Dr. Caroline Turner

Professor of Education Leadership & Poicy Studies
California State University-Sacramento
"Modeling Mentoring Across Race/Ethnicity and Gender: Practices to Cultivate the Next Generation of Diverse Faculty"
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Dr. Rich Milner

University Of Pittsburgh
“Reforming Teacher Education in Challenging Times”


Dr. Kimberly Griffin 

Associate Professor of Counseling & Personnel Services
University of Maryland College of Education
“Aligning Agendas: Reconsidering Connections between Excellence, Mentoring, and Faculty Diversity” 
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Dr. Brendesha Tynes 

Associate Professor of Education Psychology
Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
“Online Racial Discrimination and Mental Health Outcomes among a Diverse, School-Based Sample of Adolescents”


Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Educational Studies
Division of Educational Studies, Emory University
“A More Effective Way”: An African American Curricular Model for Education in the Segregated South”
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