Chair, Executive Vice President/Vice President of Academic Affairs
Jennifer is a Bronx, NY native and MA candidate in the Sociology and Education program at Teachers College Columbia University. As a social science researcher, she collaborates with students and public-school educators in their initiatives to empower students of color as a current Zankel Urban Fellow at Frederick Douglass Academy II in Harlem and previously in Chicago and East New York, Brooklyn with City Year. Her research interests include school choice, intersectionality, and race & equity in private & public education.
Brian, a first-year MA student in the Higher and Postsecondary Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University, received his B.A. in English Linguistics and Spanish Language from the great state University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests in higher education, diversity, equity and inclusion began during his two years as presenter at the Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion Lab's International Colloquium on Black Males in Education. Brian currently advises the Columbia Mentoring Initiative as a graduate assistant for the Columbia University Office of Multicultural Affairs, and also works as an intern in the Vice President's Office for Diversity and Community Affairs at TC. He is excited to serve on the DiRP committee and attend the 7th Annual Conference to foster an environment where critical dialogue can take place.
Andrew is a first-year master’s student in the sociology and education policy program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a native of Germantown, Maryland. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Government and Politics with a concentration on African-American studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. Upon graduating, Andrew worked as a research assistant at the Center for Law and Social Policy on the youth policy team. His advocacy at CLASP focused on improving education and job training opportunities for disconnected youth and boys and young men of color. He currently works as a project consultant for the Moriah Group, a policy consulting firm focused on enhancing outcomes for children, youth and their families through improved education, child and youth development, and community development strategies.
Tiffany Probasco is an Applied Linguistics Masters student at Teachers College. With over 12 years experience as an English educator, Tiffany has worked in abroad and in institutions of higher education as an educator, presenter and consultant. Currently she holds the position of an English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instructor at CUNY's LaGuardia Community College in the Center for Immigrant Education and Training working to address the language and cultural competency needs of immigrant families in NYC.
Mary-Andrée Ardouin-Guerrier is currently a health education doctoral student within the department of Health and Behavior Studies department. This is her 2nd year serving as a steering committee member. She is also the director for the upcoming 2nd Annual Spirituality Mind Body Institute Film Lab National City Lights Film Festival at Teachers College, Columbia University and is a producer for the Conversation Project.
Albion is a first-year master's student in the Psychological Counseling program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his B.A. in Psychology and French Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. After graduating, he took a gap year and worked as an English Language Assistant in Lille, France. Given his interest in the educational field, he intends to work as a school counselor upon completing his degree. This will be his first time attending an academic conference, and he is excited for the experience.
Phillip is a mid-career, second year doctoral student in the Education Leadership Ph.D. program in the Organization and Leadership Department. Phillip joins Teachers College from London, England, and earned his MBA (Public Services) from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK. His current research and work explores how race/color conscious approaches to education leadership preparation and leadership development inform rethinking and understanding of educational leadership, and global leadership competencies. Phillip is currently involved in a number of other research activities both at Teachers College and elsewhere. Phillip presented his research findings at the 2014 & 2015 Diversity in Research and Practice Conference. He is excited to be a part of the steering committee, and very much looking forward to seeing many student scholars present their work and research at this year's conference.
Kenya Crawford, a Philadelphia native completed her Bachelors in Science in Human Development and Family Studies with minors in Psychology, Sexuality & Gender at the Pennsylvania State University.
Currently Kenya is pursuing a masters in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, she serves as a Research Assistant in the Stigma, Identity, and Intersectionality lab. Outside of her academic interest, she works as the Co-Director of the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project.
Danisha was born in Yonkers, New York and raised in Miami, Florida. She is currently EdM student in the Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University and received her Bachelor's degree in African American Studies from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She has been involved in numerous research projects including a research assistant with the Division of Medical Psychology and an individual project with the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at the University of Florida. Danisha currently works for The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs as a graduate intern for programming.