Sixth annual Scholars of Color lecture series sets lineup

The 2021-22 series brings in visiting experts to discuss new research on issues related to educational equity

By Ross Brenneman

The sixth annual Scholars of Color Lecture Series poster, featuring seven visiting researchers.

USC Rossier has announced the visiting scholars for its sixth annual Scholars of Color Lecture Series.

For the 2021-22 school year, the series will bring in seven outside researchers to present to students, faculty and staff, in an online format. This year’s scholars include experts on Pacific Islander studies, federal diversity initiatives and teacher workplace experiences.

Faculty, staff and students can register for each event through the USC Calendar.


Bryan BrownBryan Brown
Associate Professor
Stanford University
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, 12 p.m.

Bryan A. Brown’s research explores the relationship between student identity, discourse, classroom culture and academic achievement in science education. He focuses on the social connotations and cultural politics of science discourse in small-group and whole-group interaction. Additionally, his research work in science education examines how teacher and student discourse serve to shape learning opportunities for students in science classrooms. His recent work explores how classroom and school culture shapes access to higher education.


Travis BristolTravis Bristol
Assistant Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, 12-1 p.m.

Travis J. Bristol’s research is situated at the intersection of educational policy and teacher education. Using qualitative methods, he explores three related research strands: (1) the role of educational policies in shaping teacher workplace experiences and retention; (2) district and school-based professional learning communities; (3) the role of race and gender in educational settings.


Claudia Cervantes-SoonClaudia Cervantes Soon
Associate Professor
Arizona State University
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 12 p.m.

Situated at the intersections of educational anthropology, critical pedagogy, bilingual education, and Chicana/Latina feminisms, Dr. Cervantes-Soon’s work examines the interplay of sociocultural factors including race, class, gender, language, and citizenship/immigrant constructs in her analyses of educational contexts.


Nelson FloresNelson Flores
Associate Professor
University of Pennsylvania
Friday, March 4, 2022, 12 p.m.

Nelson Flores studies how language and race intersect in bilingual education policies and practices in ways that are harmful to bilingual students of color. This includes historical work that traces the origins of these policies and practices as well as contemporary work that documents the ways that these policies and practices are enacted in classrooms. He also works with bilingual teachers, administrators, and policymakers on reconceptualizing bilingual education policies and practices in ways that recognize and build on the linguistic dexterity of bilingual students of color.


Aerika LoydAerika Brittian Loyd
Associate Professor
University of California, Riverside
Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 12 p.m.

Aerika Brittian Loyd’s research within psychology, human development and prevention science explores how intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and identity impact health and development for youth and young adults of color, specifically in Black and Latinx communities, to inform equitable and culturally relevant practice and policy.


Kehaulani VaughnKehaulani Natsuko Vaughn
Assistant Professor
University of Utah
Thursday, April 14, 2022, 12 p.m.

As a scholar-practitioner, Kēhaulani Vaughn (Kanaka Maoli) teaches and researches Pacific Island Studies, Indigenous epistemologies, higher education and decolonial practices and pedagogies. She is also the faculty advisor to the Pasifika Scholars Institute (PSI), which has assisted with the creation of pathways between the local Pacific Islander community and the University of Utah.


Mike Hoa NguyenMike Hoa Nguyen
Assistant Professor
University of Denver
Thursday, April 28, 2022, 12 p.m.

Mike Hoa Nguyen’s research examines the benefits and consequences of public policy instruments in expanding or constraining the operations of colleges and universities, with a specific focus on federal diversity initiatives. This agenda falls into two policy strands: (1) how the federal Minority Serving Institution (MSI) program serves as a vehicle for academic institutions to enhance student success by advancing the political agendas of communities of color and (2) the influence of the judicial branch, as a policymaking body, in regulating the role of racial diversity at colleges and universities.