Clinton Ikioda is a M.A. student in Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He earned his B.S. in Biology and Society with a minor in Education from Cornell University. Following his graduation from Cornell, Clinton spent a year teaching Pre-AP Biology at a Charter high school in New Haven, Connecticut.
Originally from Queens, NY, Clinton observed how the effects of systemic racism and systemic oppression played a role in the educational attainment of Black and Brown students. While in the classroom, he saw Black students’ ability to achieve greatness was consistently hindered by the inequalities that are perpetuated within the education system. This sparked his intellectual curiosity to come to T.C. to ground himself in the historical, pedagogical, political, & sociological context needed for education reform in dismantling the structures that systematically oppress Black and Brown students. He is determined to continue advocating for equal access to educational opportunities, especially in communities with individuals who look like him.
With his degree, Clinton plans on not only creating tangible steps for education reform for Black and Brown students, but also looking for/creating pipelines to increase the percentage of Black men in the education sector (including teachers, principals, assistant principals, and even superintendents). He is very determined to be a part of a newly reformed education system that includes, upholds and values Black and Brown students, including their lived experiences, history, and socio-emotional well-being.
In addition to pursuing a graduate degree at Teachers College, Clinton is also a Middle School Math & Science teacher here in NYC. He is excited to continue to see the intersections of his studies, and his work in the classroom. He is also a proud brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc- a historically Black Greek-lettered organization dedicated to uplifting Black communities. In his free time, he loves to travel, watch Netflix, read, reflect, and look for great places to eat.