OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

OCCRL Director

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher
Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, and Director of OCCRL

OCCRL Associate Director

Public engagement at OCCRL

Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership and OCCRL Associate Director


Dr. Welton's scholarship primarily examines the educational opportunity structures of low-income students of color and how institutional and social structures—such as race, social class, tracking, school administration, and teacher leadership—shape the connections low-income students of color make to educational resources, as well as impact how students navigate school and ultimately matriculate to postsecondary education. Her other research interests include exploring how scholars use critical policy analysis (race and social class intersections) as a methodological tool for uncovering issues of inequity as well as promoting agency and transformation in P-20 educational settings.

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OCCRL Affiliates

Mauriell H. Amechi
Visiting Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University - College of Education and Professional Studies
Krystal Andrews
Research Assistant
Dr. Lorenzo Baber
Associate Professor in School of Education at Loyola University, Chicago
Darielle Blevins
Research Associate, Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University
Chequita S. Brown
Graduate Research Assistant
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
Esme Chang
Website Developer Intern
Dr. Randi Congleton
Director of Multicultural Affairs, Chatham University
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
Project Coordinator
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
Edmund Graham
Minority Serving Institutions Coordinator for the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Consultant for Pathways to Results
Holly Herrera
Associate Provost for Transfer Initiatives and Academic Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago
Jason Keist
Research Assistant
Julie King
Web Designer and Developer, Editor
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
Research Assistant
Communications Manager
Research Assistant
Dr. George Reese
Director of the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE)
Marci Rockey
Research Associate, Project Coordinator for Pathways to Results
Michelle  Samet
Research Assistant
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
Research Associate, Spelman College
Francena Turner
Research Assistant
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
Assistant Professor, Counseling Education, College of Health and Human Services at California State University - Fresno
Research Assistant