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About the Equity Project team

Russell Skiba - Director

Russell J. Skiba, Ph.D. is Professor in Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University. He has worked with schools across the country, directed numerous federal and state research grants, and published extensively in the areas of school violence, school discipline, classroom management, and equity in education. He was a member and the lead author of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Zero Tolerance. His work has been cited in numerous national media sources, including USA Today, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Nightline, and he has testified before the United States Civil Rights Commission and both Houses of Congress on issues of school discipline and school violence. He was awarded the Push for Excellence Award by the Rainbow Coalition/Operation PUSH for his work on African American disproportionality in school suspension.

Mariella Arredondo - Associate Director

Mariella Arredondo is Associate Director of the Equity Project. Dr. Arredondo's leadership role on the Project focuses on making sure that the goals of each project's research, practice, service, and dissemination goals and agendas are achieved and that outcomes and deliverables are ensured. This guarantees the long-term sustainability and efficacy of the Project through deliberate planning and securing resources. Previously, Dr. Arredondo served as Research Associate in the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative project funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and Open Society Foundations at The Equity Project. Mariella earned her Ph.D. degree in Educational Leadership Policy Studies with a concentration in International Comparative Education from Indiana University- Bloomington. Before joining The Equity Project Mariella focused her research on educational policies targeted at reducing stratification and inequality and working towards the attainment of a more egalitarian and socially just education, both in the United States and globally. She is currently pursuing a research agenda concentrating on the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation in disparities in school discipline. She is an avid traveler and enjoys art (in its many manifestations).

Choong-Geun Chung - Research Associate

CG Chung is a Statistician at the Equity project. His research interests are in the issues of minority representation in special education and in the statistical models for school reform, access and persistence in higher education.

Timberly Baker - Research Associate

Timberly Baker is a native of St. Louis Missouri. She completed a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies from The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In addition, Timberly received a Masters of Teaching and Learning from Arkansas State University, and received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Policy Studies from Indiana University- Bloomington. She has middle school teaching, quantitative research, teacher professional development facilitation and a wealth of classroom management experience. She currently provides teacher professional development around cultural responsiveness, Universal Design for Differentiated Instruction and Positive Behavior Intervention Support systems.

Karega Rausch - Consultant

M. Karega Rausch is currently a Consultant with the Equity Project at Indiana University, and was former Projects Coordinator of the Project. Prior to joining the Equity Project, Karega was the founding Indianapolis director of a national educational advocacy non-profit (Stand for Children). Other positions include education director on the senior staff of two Indianapolis Mayors (of different political parties) – Mayor Bart Peterson (D) and Mayor Greg Ballard (R). Karega earned a master’s degree in education and is currently completing his doctorate at Indiana University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePauw University, and has been a teacher of high school social studies. As an unwavering advocate for educational equity and underserved children, his professional experiences and research projects have been focused on how to create and reform schools to ensure all students are served well. Karega has authored or co-authored more than 20 professional publications on educational system reform and serves on a number of national and local boards. Karega has presented on educational equity and accountability for national organizations such as the American Educational Research Association, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, the American Psychological Association, the University Council for Educational Administrators, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the Harvard Civil Rights Project.

Gwen Kelley - Research Associate

Gwen brings thirty-five years of service as a teacher and central office curriculum and instruction specialist. She served as the lead facilitator responsible for developing and disseminating information about the district's first K–12 standards-based curriculum frameworks and pacing guides. Additionally, having worked as an adjunct professor at Anderson University, she brings over 40 years experience from a teaching background that stretches from kindergarten to higher education. Recently earning her doctorate degree from Indiana State University, she studied how principals created culturally relevant learning environments within their schools. She has provided consulting services and numerous workshops to help create positive change within school districts, schools, and individual classrooms. She continues her work in promoting culturally responsive practices with district leadership teams who are committed to working with the Equity Project to provide positive support and equitable outcomes for all of their students.

Lorraine Parker-Jackson - Project Associate

Lorraine Parker-Jackson is a Project Associate at the Equity Project. She earned her MS in 2011 from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she studied Healthcare Management. She is a Facilitator with the Center for Leadership Development. Lorraine is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Ivy Technical Community College where she teaches Foundations for Success courses. Her background includes over 20 years of experience in Finance, Contracts, and Grants.

Sarah Perfetti - Project Associate

Sarah Perfetti is a Project Associate at the Equity Project. She earned her MPA in 2011 from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, where she studied Policy Analysis and Nonprofit Management. She is a founding member of ACCT International, a service-learning program for graduate students interested in pursuing careers in International Development, and in 2011 she conducted research in Kenya on behalf of that program.

Natasha Williams - Graduate Research Assistant

Natasha Williams is a Graduate Assistant at the Equity Project and a Ph.D student in the School Psychology program at Indiana University. She earned her BS in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005 and her MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Natasha has experiencing working as a school-based care coordinator and a child/adolescent case manager. Her current career and research interests include early literacy programs for minorities in urban communities in an effort to address the achievement gap and underrepresentation of African American students in gifted and talented placement.

Gabrielle Dominguez - Graduate Research Assistant

Gabrielle Dominguez is a School Psychology Ph.D. student and a Graduate Research Assistant for the Equity Project. She holds a B.A. with distinction in Psychology from Yale University. She has worked as an undergraduate research assistant at Yale, the University of Michigan, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Gabrielle is interested in interventions that aim to eliminate the discrimination experienced by racial minority students in grades K-12. She is also interested in the study of behavior modification in applied settings, such as classrooms. Currently, she is working on the PBIS Indiana grant and is focused on helping schools develop and maintain culturally responsive practices while implementing behavioral interventions and supports.

Chrystal Gray - Graduate Research Assistant

Chrystal Gray is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Equity Project. Chrystal is currently a Ph.D. student in the School Psychology program at Indiana University. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2011. Previously, she conducted research on the impact of effective inter-group dialogue on social change. She is interested in the cultural and psycho-social factors that affect minority academic achievement and social justice. Chrystal is currently working on racial and gender disproportionality in school discipline.

Elliot Jordan - Instructional Systems Developer

Elliot Jordan is Instructional Systems Developer at the Equity Project. Current responsibilities include web development and content strategy for all project websites, video production, and social media management. Elliot also provides IT support to CEEP and the Equity Project staff. He earned his Specialist (Ed.S.) and Masters degrees in Instructional Systems Technology at the IU Wright School of Education in 2011. Before joining the Equity Project, Elliot worked at Indiana University as an Instructional Designer for the Office of Research Administration IT group (RASD) and as a Graduate Assistant Lab Manager in the IST Department. In 2009, he completed his MBA at University of California, Riverside and was a Teaching Assistant throughout his graduate program there. Elliot also has a wide variety of IT consulting and management experience and 5 years teaching technology at the K-12 and adult-school levels in Los Angeles.

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