Shawn A. Lampkins-uThando, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Oregon. His research interests center on exploring and understanding the development of adolescent strengths (e.g., achievement motivation, racial identity, self-regulation), and risk-behaviors (e.g., teen violence, bullying, sexual violence, and academic disengagement) across classrooms, youth program contexts, and social relations (i.e., teacher-student, peers). Over the past 10 years, he has developed, conducted, and published cross-sectional and longitudinal, quantitative, and mixed methodological studies in these areas. Important questions emerged from these respective lines of inquiry and he has developed plans for future longitudinal-quantitative and mixed-method studies that extend this research. A central focus of his work lies in facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between researchers and social institutions in order to ensure that this research is culturally relevant and guided by teachers and students, and useful to educational stakeholders via presentations, and other professional development activities.
Lampkins-uThando received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Educational Psychology and African Studies.
Troy LaRaviere is the President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA). He is a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduate, a former CPS principal, and parent of a CPS student. For five years, he led one of the highest performing neighborhood schools in Chicago (Blaine Elementary), and he relentlessly defends public education.
As an assistant principal at a Johnson Elementary School, where 99 percent of the students were African American and from low-income households, he helped raise the percentage of students meeting standards from 43 percent to over 60 percent. All while establishing a climate and culture that was safe and supportive.
As principal of Blaine Elementary, he led his school for three consecutive years to meet at least three of the Mayor's four merit award criteria. Blaine Elementary was one of only four schools to meet these criteria. During his administration, there was a ten percent increase in a two-year period of students who met reading standards. Additionally, the percentage of African American students meeting academic standards rose from 43 percent to nearly 80 percent.
During his administration, he was an outspoken advocate against disparities and destructive school policies affecting Chicago Public Schools and was publicly critical of City Hall silencing principals and administrators. His Op-Eds, public statements, and interviews have been covered by media outlets such as Washington Post, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, and WGN-Television. Furthermore, LaRaviere has participated as a panelist and moderator for the City Club of Chicago, Newberry Library, and Rainbow Push amongst other appearances.
LaRaviere was suspended without pay from Chicago Public Schools in 2016 during his campaign for the Presidency of the CPAA. On May 19, 2016 he won with nearly 70 percent of the vote. His focus at CPAA has been to transform it into a member-driven organization that influences education policy in our city and state. He continues to advocate for the rights of public schools and maintains an education blog that receives between 6,000 and 203,043 views per post.
Ifrah Magan, AM '11, PhD received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in Family and Community Services with a specialization in Health Promotion and International Development. She then went on to receive a Master's degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration where she was a recipient of many awards including the Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace Award, and served as a Child Advocate for unaccompanied undocumented children through the Young Center at University of Chicago School of Law. Magan received her doctorate degree from University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work where she was a recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award. Her doctoral dissertation explored the migration paths of Somali refugees in Chicago, and in particular, how ethnic and religious identities impact their resettlement and integration. In addition to her academic work, she has over ten years of experience working in diverse refugee communities, and is the co-founder of the first Rohingya Cultural Center in Chicago.
Kafi Moragne-Patterson, PhD '15, is the Director of College Success, Chicago Scholars. She oversees all programs and supports to manage Scholars' critical transitions from high school to college and college to career. She is primarily responsible for leading Team Lift, which works to build and sustain Scholar relationships and to advocate for resources to ensure that Scholars persist and complete college in a timely manner.
Prior to joining Chicago Scholars, Moragne-Patterson was an assistant professor of social work at Dominican University. Although she is no longer in this role, she continues to research and publish around interdisciplinary issues animating studies of urban education, racial and economic stratification, adolescent identity formation, and educational interventions in marginalized communities. She is specifically interested in the college-going processes of academically ambitious students of color, with particular attention to students who make less than optimal postsecondary institutional selections.
She has previously worked in various research and administrative capacities within the University of Chicago's Consortium on School Research, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.
Moragne-Patterson graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Anthropology and Africana Studies, a MSW from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
Brandon Nichols, Ed.D is the District Director of Accreditation, Assessment, and Educational Development at the City Colleges of Chicago. His role supports senior leadership in seven, independently accredited colleges in the following areas: regional and programmatic reaccreditation process, assessment practices for academic and co-curricular learning, educational quality through the Tenure Assistance Program, and professional learning activities in the spirit of continuous of improvement. While at Kennedy-King College (KKC), Nichols held positions as Associate Dean of Instruction and Director of Academic Support Services. In the aforementioned positions, he served as an executive member of the College Assessment Committee (CAC), chaired the Co-Curricular Assessment Subcommittee, managed the ICCB Program Review process, and steered strategic support of data to restricted and unrestricted budget planning. Additional leadership roles at the college includes Project Director of the Predominately Black Institutions (PBI) grant, Chair for Key Performance Indicators (remediation) workgroup, and administrative support for Proposed Academic Curriculum Changes (PACC). Prior to City Colleges of Chicago, Nichols functioned in various roles in higher education as a Residence Life Coordinator, Student Development Assistant, First Year Experience Advocate, Faculty – Psychology, and Psychology Faculty-in-Residence. Nichols’ Bachelor of Science is in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, Washington, DC. In conjunction to his work in higher education, Nichols has also worked as an expressive therapist at Washington Adventist Hospital located in Takoma Park, MD.
David Stovall, PhD is Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates three areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that address issues of equity and justice. His work led him to become a member of the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School of Social Justice High School design team, which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, his work manifests itself in his involvement with the Peoples Education Movement, a collection of classroom teachers, community members, students, and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area who engage in collaborative community projects centered in creating relevant curriculum. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as a professor at UIC, he also serves as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice.
Conrad Worrill, AM '71, PhD became an activist and scholar whose goal is to advance the cause and concept of African independence and self-determination both in the United States and internationally.
In 1963, Worrill attended George Williams College but became radicalized by the Black Power movement. After graduating in 1968, a West Side YMCA hired him as the program director. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He began teaching at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago in 1976, where he is the coordinator and professor of Inner City Studies Education. While organizing in 1983 to elect Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington, Worrill co-founded the Task Force for Black Political Empowerment. As the national chairman of the National Black United Front (NBUF), Worrill is working aggressively to change the American public school curriculum to be inclusive of the contributions of Africans and African Americans.
Worrill is the elected economic development commissioner of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA). He served as special consultant of field operations for the historic Million Man March/ Day of Absence on October 16, 1995, in Washington, D.C. As part of the fight to win reparations for the American descendants of slaves, he traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1997 with a delegation to formally charge the U.S. Government with genocide and human right violations before the Commission on Human Rights. The delegation presented the commission with a "Declaration of Genocide by the United States Government Against the Black Population in the United States" with 157,000 signatures.
Upon returning to the United States, Worrill presented this petition to the United Nations in New York City. In 2001, he led a 400-member delegation to the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. He writes the syndicated weekly column "Worrill's World," which is widely read in African American newspapers across the country. In August 2002, Worrill organized a national reparations rally attended by thousands.