“A growing number of school districts and educational leaders are pursuing ways of advancing racial justice in schools, but some of these efforts are short lived, perpetuate harm, or focus only on individuals and not at all on systemic change,” Villavicencio said. “This study will not only deepen the field’s theoretical understanding of the processes that generate justice-oriented change, but also provide educators and policymakers with evidence-based recommendations for addressing systemic racism in schools.”
Villavicencio’s research focuses on K-12 educational policy and school practices that deepen or disrupt inequities for minoritized communities of students and families. In her previous position as deputy director of the Research Alliance in New York City, she led a longitudinal study of the Expanded Success Initiative, a precursor to My Brother’s Keeper and one of the country’s largest initiatives targeting Black and Latino male students.
Her recent book, Am I My Brother’s Keeper: Educational Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Brown Boys, published by Harvard Education Press, examines how districts and schools can embed racial equity into sustainable policies and practices in contrast to initiatives that come and go. In May, Villavicencio presented her research during a book talk and Q&A, featuring School of Education Dean and Professor Richard Arum and Douglas M. Haynes,, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at UCI. Watch here.
The Hellman Fellows Fund was established at UCI in 2013 through the generosity of Chris and Warren Hellman. Learn more.