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New Research Lecture Series to focus on equity

Researchers from across the United States will present their work on topics related to equity, access and persistence

By Ross Brenneman

The USC Rossier Research Office announced this week the latest iteration of the Research Lecture Series, which will bring seven scholars to Los Angeles to discuss their work. The series begins Nov. 17 and lasts through April 2017.

This year’s series provide students, faculty and other members of the Rossier community the opportunity to engage with researchers whose work is at the forefront of addressing today’s greatest challenges in education. Each of the invited speakers is an expert in an area of research related to diversity, equity, persistence and success.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell (Harvard University, Nov. 17, 2016): An associate professor of education with expertise in leadership, management and organizations at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research builds on her three areas of training and study: organizational management and theory, public policy and education.
  • Jamaal S. Matthews (Montclair State University, Nov. 30, 2016): An associate professor of educational foundations whose scholarly interests involve the development of self-regulatory learning skills during childhood, as well as the relationship between academic identity development, achievement motivation and self-regulated learning during adolescence.
  • Kimberly Griffin (University of Maryland, Feb. 23, 2017): An associate professor whose research focuses on access, experiences and outcomes of underrepresented communities in higher education; diversity within the black higher education community; and the influence of relationships on outcomes at critical time points.
  • Samuel D. Museus (Indiana University, Bloomington, March 1, 2017): An associate professor of higher education and student affairs, Museus is also the founding director of the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments Project. Museus has produced over 200 publications and presentations focused on diversity and equity, campus environments and college student outcomes.
  • Manuel S. González Canché (University of Georgia, March 23, 2017): An assistant professor of higher education, his research focuses on issues of access, persistence and success, with emphasis on institutional sector effects on student outcomes. He also researches finance, with emphasis on spatial modeling and student college choice and migration.
  • Ruth N. López Turley (Rice University, March 30, 2017): Turley is the director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, a research partnership between Rice and the Houston Independent School District that aims to close the socioeconomic gaps in achievement and attainment, and she is the associate director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
  • Nancy Hill (Harvard University, April 12, 2017): A developmental psychologist whose research identifies the unique and interactive ways in which race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status influence parenting beliefs, practices and child outcomes, especially among African-American, Latino and Euro-American children.

All presentations will be at noon in Dauterive LL-101.

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For media inquiries, please contact Ross Brenneman at rossbren@rossier.usc.edu or (213) 740-2327.