Student Experience Research Network’s Midcareer Fellows Program supported a community of 15 fellows in collectively bridging research on the structures (i.e., practices, policies, and norms) that shape students’ experience of feeling respected as valued people and thinkers in school with current policy topics. The program was funded through grants from the Bezos Family Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and was implemented in partnership with Scholars Strategy Network and Education First. It was designed for midcareer faculty who identify as a member of one or more minoritized groups in the academy and who conduct equity-centered (e.g., liberatory or participatory, asset-based, anti-racist) empirical research on student experience. This slide deck documents the program’s activities, key takeaways and learnings, and early evidence of impact.
Over the course of the program, fellows advanced their knowledge about policymaking and how research is taken up in policy, provided input that influenced the construction of the fellowship, networked with colleagues who bridge research and policy, and developed translational and scholarly projects that targeted academic and policy audiences. Several fellows’ policy briefs, which draw on equity-centered research to address timely and important topics in the education sector, are publicly available at the links below.
- Cabrera, N. L. (2022) Educational Harm of Restricted Curricula.
- Covarrubias, R. (2022) Enhancing Diversity in Research Careers: The Power of Transformative Research Opportunities.
- Garcia, G. A. (2022) Equitable Graduation Rates for Latino Students is the Minimum; Hispanic-Serving Institutions Should Ensure Liberatory Outcomes, Too.
- Hope, E. C. (2022) Diversifying the Teacher Workforce to Benefit North Carolina Public Schools.
- Jayakumar. U. M. (2022) Combatting the Myth of “Psychological Distress” in Anti-Critical Race Theory Legislation.
- Lucero, A. (2022) Enacting Ethnic Studies Standards Means Supporting Teachers in Learning about Race and Racism.
- Newton, X. (2022) Here’s a solution for attracting more Black, Latino and Indigenous talent to STEM — Start early. The Hechinger Report.
- Perez-Felkner, L. (2022) Transforming Opportunity to Support STEM Success for All.
- Starker Glass, T. (2022) Integrating Racial Literacy in Teacher Assessment.
- Trawalter, S. (2022) Bans on “Critical Race Theory” Will Fuel Our Social Division.
- Warren, C. A. (2022) Toward an Antiracist Restorative Justice Approach for Black Children.