Na’ilah Suad NasirPresident, Spencer Foundation

In 2017, Na’ilah Suad Nasir became the sixth President of the Spencer Foundation. She was a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley from 2008-2017 and was selected as the second UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion in 2015. She also holds the Birgeneau Chair in Educational Disparities in the Graduate School of Education, and was previously the H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Chair of African American Studies. Nasir joined the Berkeley faculty in 2008 from the School of Education at Stanford University, where she earned the St. Claire Drake Teaching Award in 2007. The author of Racialized Identities: Race and achievement for African-American youth, published by the Stanford University Press in 2011, Nasir’s research examines the racialized and cultural nature of learning and schooling. She is interested in the intertwining of social, cultural, and political contexts and learning, especially in connection with inequity in educational outcomes. Nasir also published over 30 articles in scholarly journals. In 2017, Nasir was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education. The National Academy of Education (NAEd) advances high quality education research and its use in policy and practice.

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