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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality

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Education Research

"That all citizens will be given an equal start through a sound education is one of the most basic, promised rights of our democracy. Our chronic refusal as a nation to guarantee that right for all children.... is rooted in a kind of moral blindness, or at least a failure of moral imagination.... It is a failure which threatens our future as a nation of citizens called to a common purpose... tied to one another by a common bond."
Senator Paul Wellstone 

Yolanda Anyon
Associate Professor Yolanda Anyon is dedicated to examining the roles that public schools and community-based organizations play in shaping the life outcomes of adolescents of color from low-income neighborhoods. She conducts community-engaged research on policies that reduce institutional contributions to inequality and practices that help young people thrive in the context of racism and poverty.

Christine Nelson
Chris A. Nelson, PhD, is of the Diné and Laguna Pueblo tribes of the southwest. Dr. Nelson received her doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education. With over 10 years of higher education experience, she has a cross sectioning of experiences ranging from educational pathways in STEM, policy research, and student affairs. The research she engages with strives to challenge the status quo of higher education for Native students and their communities. Her primary research interest focuses on finance in higher education, which ranges from student experiences to policy. Chris also blends critical theory and Indigenous perspectives/methods to explore the long-term impacts of pre-college access programs.

Tara Raines
Child, Family, and School Psychology
Tara C. Raines, PhD, N.C.S.P. investigates early identification of behavioral and emotional disorders, subsequent interventions and outcomes across different groups. More recently, Dr. Raines partnered with Clark County Schools and the City of Las Vegas on their implementation of My Brother's Keeper, an initiative that was recently adopted by President Obama to expand opportunity at key moments in the lives of young men of color. She is leading the program evaluation and providing technical assistance for participating schools. In addition to her passion for research, Dr. Raines is also dedicated to the improvement of cultural competence and increase of bilingual practitioners in the fields of mental health and education.

Maria Salazar
Teaching and Learning Sciences and Teacher Education Program
Dr. Maria Salazar's research and scholarship center on transformative teacher preparation through empirical research on equitable and effective teaching. Salazar has authored numerous publications on humanizing pedagogies, equitable and effective teaching, culturally responsive teaching, and college access and success for Latinx students.

Casey Stockstill
Casey Stockstill is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. Her research investigates race, class, and gender inequalities in various contexts. Dr. Stockstill conducted a two-year ethnography in segregated Wisconsin preschools. This work details daily inequalities in how children experience space, time, and peer and teacher relationships. In a second line of work, Dr. Stockstill conducts experiments to investigate how different racial signals—like skin tone, asserted racial identity, and racialized names—produce micro-level prejudice. Finally, Dr. Stockstill is beginning a second major project that uses historical archives to trace people's perceptions of Black and Mexican children's social value between 1880-1930.

Lolita Tabron
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Dr. Tabron is a statistics professor and critical policy analysis expert who studies how systemic racism is perpetuated and sustained through policies, politics, and big data sets. She is committed to helping educational leaders develop an equity-oriented lens and skillset to critically analyze policies and data (national, state, and local) so that their leadership practices and policies do not perpetuate systems of marginalization. She is passionate about increasing literacy in quantitative inquiry among educational leaders from historically underrepresented groups.

Devadrita Talapatra
Dr. Devadrita Talapatra is an Assistant Professor in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Dr. Talapatra has a keen interest in research and practice related to comprehensive, culturally relevant, and family-centered services for youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) at the secondary level.