Linda Tillman

Linda C. Tillman serves as Lead evaluator and mentor for the CORIBE
project. She is an assistant Professor and the Graduate Program
Coordinator in the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling &
Foundations at the University of New Orleans. She holds a Ph.D. in
Educational Administration with additional emphases in Qualitative
Research Methodology, Higher Education Education Administration and
African American Studies from The Ohio State University. She earned a
B.S. from the same institution and a M.S. from the University of Dayton. She is a former public school and community college educator. Her primary research interests include the mentoring and retention of
African American faculty, students, teachersand administrators in K-16 education, K-12 leadership preparation programs and racially and culturally specific research practices using qualitative methods. She is recipient of two research grants to study the mentoring of first-year African American teachers in an urban school district. She is the co-book review editor for the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and reviews for several scholary journals.

William Franklin

Associate Professor in Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Development from the School of Education at Stanford University. He earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from California State University at Northridge and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the same institution. In 1999, Professor Franklin received the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) Family Research Consortium III Post-Doctoral Fellowship and worked with Dr. Linda Burton at the Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Robin Jarrett at the University of Chicago. He has also served as Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania where worked with C.H.A.N.G.E.S. – The Center for Health, Achievement, Neighborhood Growth and Ethnic Studies, whose focus is on the essential components in the life course of urban youth. Through a series of longitudinal studies, the Center sought to enhance the understanding of the predictors of resiliency, competence, and maximized educational outcomes for low-income urban youth.

Jean Ishibashi

Jean Ishibashi has been a community activist, educator, his/her/ourstorian for the past three decades. Intellectual affirmative action is her research focus and allows her to uncover different epistemologies in order to liberate that part of her, and perhaps each of us, that has been marginalized, subordinated, dominated and made invisible by mainstream values and beliefs. She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco and Sonoma State Universities in California in the schools and departments of education and ethnic studies.

Ms. Sharon Parker

Ms. Sharon Parker holds a Resource Faculty appointment at Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA). She is also a consultant to various educational institutions and organizations on their diversity initiatives. She served as President of the American Institute for Managing Diversity, Inc. (AIMD) in Atlanta, GA from 1997 to March 2000. Her selection to lead this 15-year old nonprofit organization was based upon her combined expertise in the nonprofit sector and career work on issues of diversity. Previously, she served as the Director of Social Responsibility Programs for The Union Institute, a national, progressive university and as Sr. Associate Provost and Director of the Stanford University Office for Multicultural Development. She also lectured publicly on multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural community and institutional change. From 1977-1990 Ms. Parker enjoyed a career in public policy advocacy in Washington, D.C., focusing on issues of educational and economic equity. Among the organizations she has served are the Nat’ l Commission on Working Women (NCWW), the Nat’ l Institute for Women of Color (NIWC), the Nat’l Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Girls Incorporated (formerly Girls Clubs of America Inc.), the Women's Legal Defense Fund (WLDF), Nat’ l Assoc. for Women in Education (NAWE), the American Council on Education's Office for Women and the Mary Robertson Smith Scholars Council, and Women For Meaningful Summits (WMS), on whose behalf she led the American delegation to Moscow (1988) and to Papua New Guinea (1989). Her organizational board service has included the D.C. Private Industry Council (PIC); the Natšl Committee on Responsive Philanthropy; and she continues to serve on the Nat’ l Council of The Wilderness Society and the advisory committee of Hope in the Cities, a grass-roots organization promoting cross-racial communication and healing. Ms. Parker has organized a number of national conferences for women and people of color, including the American Indian National Bank, NOW, NIWC, the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, and the 14th National Women and the Law Conference. Ms. Parker holds a B.A. in Slavic Languages (UCLA) and a Master's degree in Bilingual Education (Antioch Graduate School of Education). She is of Native American and African American heritage.

Heidi Irene Lovett

is currently a doctoral student the educational leadership department at The Florida State University. Ms. Lovett is the former Service Learning Coordinator & Campus Director of American Humanics at Xavier University of LA. Her former professional experiences include working as a systems analyst at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan and as a math and computer instructor at various institutions in Louisiana and Maryland. Ms. Lovett holds an MA in higher education administration from the University of New Orleans and a BA in mathematics with a minor in computer science and statistics from Xavier University of Louisiana.


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