OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

OCCRL Director - Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Eboni 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 Associate Director - Dr. Anjalé D. Welton

Anjale Welton

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

Dr. Welton's scholarship 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 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 and promoting agency and transformation in P-20 educational settings. View her video below on anti-racist education. Full biography >

OCCRL Core Staff

Krystal Andrews
Research Assistant
Esme Chang
Undergraduate Web Development Assistant
Project Coordinator
Jason Keist
Research Assistant
Brandi Neal
Research Assistant
Communications Manager
Research Associate
Lauren Provencher
Undergraduate Communications Intern
Marci Rockey
Project Coordinator
Nidia Ruedas-Gracia
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
Nathaniel Stewart
Graduate Research Intern
Francena Turner
Research Associate
Research Associate

OCCRL Affiliates

Mauriell H. Amechi
Visiting Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University - College of Education and Professional Studies
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
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
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
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
Royel M. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Penn State University
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
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
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