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Accepted to Assimilate: Implications for Racial Mismatch Between Education Ph.D. Students and Their Faculty    

Wednesday, March 3, 2021  |  LIVE 3:00-4:30 PM Central Time* 

(* 4:00-5:30 PM Eastern / 2:00-3:30 PM Mountain / 1:00-2:30 PM Pacific). Convert other time zones to Central Time here.

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Important Details:

  • Registration will close at 4:30 PM Central Time on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Space is limited and may fill before this date.
  • Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the session.
  • All registrants will receive a recording approximately one week after the webinar.
  • Live captions and sign language provided.

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Session Description:

Graduate schools of education enroll the highest percentage of Black, Latinx, and other racially minoritized students, yet their tenure-track and tenured faculties remain overwhelmingly white. While scholars have interrogated the implications of racial "mismatch" in K-12 classrooms as well as teacher education programs, few scholars have examined the implications of mismatch between doctoral students and tenure-line faculty in schools of education. Our presentation is framed by the notion that this gap in research (and subsequently, policy and practice) has equity-related consequences for the increasingly Black and Latinx doctoral cohorts matriculating in schools of education throughout the United States.

Guided by existing literature on racial mismatch in K-12 and undergraduate settings and our own positionalities as Black PhD students at a traditionally white institution, we will present a theoretical framework for scholarship questioning the ways in which racial/ethnic mismatch between programs' tenure-track and tenured faculty and their PhD students shape the racialized outcomes and experiences of the latter group. This framework is relevant to education administrators, faculty, and staff with roles that involve the hiring, retention, or promotion of racially minoritized faculty.


Isaiah Simmons 

Isaiah Simmons (he/him) is a native of Virginia Beach, VA who received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of William and Mary. Isaiah also graduated with his MPP from the University of Southern California where he is currently a PhD student in Urban Education Policy focusing on the role narratives and leadership play in policy development and implementation. Additionally, Isaiah serves as a research assistant at USC's Race and Equity Center, contributing to projects on racialized policy implementation in higher education settings. In his spare time Isaiah enjoys watching and playing basketball, as well as attending concerts and trying new restaurants.   

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Sarah Toutant

Sarah Toutant is a research associate at the University of Southern California’s (USC’S) Race and Equity center and a Ph.D. student in the Urban Education Policy program at USC Rossier, working with Dr. Shaun Harper. Her research examines Black collegiate women’s racialized and gendered experiences in their external environments, particularly their encounters with urban nightclub culture. Specifically, it investigates how Los Angeles nightclub culture discriminates against Black collegiate women based on their race, gender, body, hairstyles and more. Sarah holds a B.A. in sociology and critical diversity studies from the University of San Francisco and M.Ed. from USC Rossier.

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James Bridgeforth

James Bridgeforth is a doctoral student at the Rossier School of Education and a research associate in the USC Race and Equity Center. Immediately prior to joining Rossier, he worked as an elementary school teacher and teacher leader in both traditional neighborhood and charter schools in Atlanta, Georgia. His research broadly focuses on institutional and organizational change through the study of racial violence in schools, school choice policies, and educational leadership.

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Jaymon Ortega

Jaymon Ortega is a second year Ph.D. student at USC Rossier’s School of Education in the Urban Education Policy Program. In addition to full-time course work, he works as a Graduate Research Associate in the Race and Equity Center with his advisor, Dr. Shaun Harper. His research interests consider the utility of esports in higher education as a tool for Black and Latinx student access to success in higher education. Jaymon has worked at multiple community colleges in the Los Angeles area as both a professor and counselor. Before working in the California community college system, he advised student-athletes, first-generation, low-income students at USC and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. Jaymon is an alumni of UC Berkeley, USC, and the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT).

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Kaylan Baxter

Kaylan Baxter, a doctoral (Ph.D.) student in the Rossier School of Education and research assistant in the Pullias Center for Higher Education, both at the University of Southern California, studies approaches to postsecondary accountability and data usage, intentionally examining their implications for the opportunities, experiences, and outcomes of racially minoritized students. Eight years of practice, across several institutions and units in academic affairs, inform Kaylan's research and teaching interests.

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