Shannon R. Waite, EdD joined the faculty at Fordham University as a clinical assistant professor of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School of Education in September 2016. Prior to coming to Fordham, Dr. Waite worked in various positions in the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE). Her research interests include topics on diversity recruitment and pipeline programs, culturally responsive school leadership, developing critical consciousness in educational leaders and examining hyper-segregation and its connection to the school-to-prison pipeline.

She served as co-principal investigator and briefly as principal investigator on the NYC Men Teach Research Team. Currently, she is the co-principal investigator on the Promoting Relevance, Access, Culture, and Equity (R.A.C.E.) Professional Learning Community with Interim Dean Dr. Akane Zusho in the Graduate School of Education. Dr. Waite is an educational policy maker for the largest urban public-school district in the nation. In March of 2018, she was appointed as a Mayoral appointee to the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) and as a Trustee on the Board of Education Retirement System (BERS). She uses her platform and voice to increase the level of transparency and public accountability for the 1.1 million public school students and their families attending the city’s schools. Her work as a scholar-activist drives her staunch advocacy for anti-racist and equitable education for all; and particularly, for historically marginalized communities of color and communities with lower SES.


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