OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

Heather L. Fox



51 Gerty Dr., Rm. 123
Champaign, IL 61820

Illini Center
200 S Wacker Dr., 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Heather L. Fox

Assistant Director of Operations, Communications, and Research

Dr. Heather Fox’s research focus is the improvement of educational equity, including both access to and outcomes in postsecondary education. She works to facilitate collaborative systematic changes that are responsive and supportive of all students regardless of their identities or demographics, including socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, age, country of origin, gender, etc. Dr. Fox is co-PI on the Illinois Community College Board funded projects, providing support for Pathways to Results, the Illinois Reverse Transfer study, Minority Serving Community Colleges, and Career Technical Education Pre-apprenticeships projects as well as the NSF STEM transfer in Hispanic-Serving Two-year Institutions study. She was previously part of the Transformative Change Initiative (TCI) research team and Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) evaluation teams. Dr. Fox has experience leading community based organizations with over ten years of experience as an advocate for populations impacted by violence including victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and child abuse and neglect.


  • Ph.D., Human Resource Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Cert., Domestic Violence Professional, Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional Board
  • M.N.M., Nonprofit Management, Regis University
  • Cert., Nonprofit Management, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.S., Applied Psychology, Clarkson University


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