OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

OCCRL Director - Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher

Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher

Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership; Director of OCCRL; Executive Director of CSCC

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership and Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL). She previously served as Associate Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership and Associate Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching, research, and consulting activities largely include psychosocial adjustment and transition of marginalized collegians, transfer, access policies, student development and services at community colleges. View her video below on social justice. Full biography >

OCCRL Core Staff

Krystal Andrews
Research Assistant
Gianina Baker
Associate Director of Evaluation, Learning and Equitable Assessment
Research Assistant
Raina Dyer-Barr
Assistant Director for Consulting and Public Engagement
Assistant Professor, Educational Administration & Leadership
Jason Keist
Research Associate
H.M. Kuneyl
Research Assistant
Nina Owolabi
Research Assistant
Ayinde Rochon
Research Assistant
Marci Rockey
Assistant Director for Community College Relations and Research
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology

OCCRL Affiliates

Mauriell H. Amechi
Visiting Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University - College of Education and Professional Studies
Dr. Lorenzo Baber
Associate Professor and Higher Education Graduate Programs Director at Iowa State University
Dr. Helen Burn
Mathematics Professor and Director of the Curriculum Research Group at Highline College
Anne Cawley
Assistant Professor of Mathematics at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in College of ACES at Illinois
Dr. Claire E. Crawford
BRIDGE Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE), School of Education, University of Birmingham
Dr. Jennifer Cromley
Professor, Educational Psychology
Dr. Asia Fuller Hamilton
Research Associate and Consultant on Equity Conscious Community College Pathways project
Dr. Matt Giani
Research Scientist, Office of Strategy and Policy at University of Texas at Austin
Monica Gonzalez Ybarra
Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at the College of Education at Illinois
Edmund Graham
Minority Serving Institutions Coordinator for the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan
Holly Herrera
Associate Provost for Transfer Initiatives and Academic Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago
Vilas Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M
Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of Student Engagement at USC Race and Equity Center at University of Southern California
Heather McCambly
Consultant on Pathways to Results and Equity Conscious Community College Pathways project
Dr. Vilma Mesa
Associate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan
Brandi Neal
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern Indiana
Dr. George Reese
Director of the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE)
Michelle  Samet
Math Teacher, Henry Clay High School
Dr. Soko Starobin
Research Consultant/External Evaluator
Dr. Jason L. Taylor
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at University of Utah
Chauntee Thrill
Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Appalachian State University
Francena Turner
Postdoctoral Associate for Data Curation in African American History and Culture at Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
Dr. Anjalé D. Welton
OCCRL Senior Consultant and Professor at the University of Wisconsin
Asif Wilson
Assistant Professor of Social Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. J. Luke Wood
Professor of Community College Leadership and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University
 Soua Xiong
Faculty Member in the College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State