OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher


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Champaign, IL 61820

Raina Dyer-Barr

Assistant Director for Consulting and Public Engagement

Raina Dyer-Barr holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Educational Policy Studies. Her research interests center around exploring the educational experiences of postsecondary students from historically and traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved groups and the factors that impact their persistence and retention in higher education. Additionally, Dr. Dyer-Barr is interested in work that focuses on improving the educational equity gaps that exist in both access and outcomes for members of underrepresented and underserved populations. Prior to becoming the project coordinator for Equity Conscious Community College Pathways, Dr. Dyer-Barr was project manager for a large-scale, multi-year, federally funded research project that explored the experiences of underrepresented students in STEM fields and the factors that impacted their enrollment, persistence, and completion in these fields.


  • Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., English, University of California at Los Angeles


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