Dr. Tyrone C. Howard is a Professor of Education at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies’ Urban Schooling Division. He is also the Director and Founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, which is an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policy makers dedicated to improving the educational experiences and life chances of Black males. He was also the Director of Center X for the past seven years, which is a consortium of urban school professionals working toward social justice and educational equity in transforming Los Angeles schools. He has stepped down as the Director of Center X to accept new responsibilities as the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies’ Associate Dean of Equity and Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer.
Professor Howard’s research is primarily concerned with academic achievement of youth in urban schools. His work has centered on the achievement gap facing African American and other culturally diverse students, and the importance of providing teachers the skills and knowledge to assist them in reversing persistent underachievement. Dr. Howard has been a member on the UCLA faculty for the past 14 years. Prior to his tenure at UCLA, he was a faculty member in the College of Education at The Ohio State University. Before entering higher education, Dr. Howard was a classroom teacher in the Compton Unified School District. A native of Compton, California, Dr. Howard is one of the foremost experts on race, culture, teaching and learning in urban schools. His book, Race, Culture, and the Achievement Gap, is a Teachers College Press bestseller examines the roles that race and culture play in educational outcomes.
Dr. Howard’s new book, “Black Male(d)” examines the lives and identities of African American males in diverse contexts, and has recently become a bestseller. Professor Howard has been a contributor on National Public Radio, CBS/KCAL news, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and is also a contributor to the New York Times Educational Issues Forum. Dr. Howard has published over 60 peer review journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entrees, and technical reports. He was awarded an Early Career Award by the American Educational Research Association, which is the nation’s largest, and most prestigious educational research organization, for his work on equity and access in urban schools. Dr. Howard is considered one of the foremost thinkers on race, equity, access and education in the country.
Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter is the Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Associate Professor in the Departments of Government and Anthropology, specializing in human rights, peace studies, and international politics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her research focuses on human rights with a particular emphasis on the struggle of vulnerable and marginalized populations, including minorities, persons with disabilities, refugees and migrants, women, children, the LGBTQ community, and people dealing with the consequences of poverty. She is also an expert on ethnic conflict and peace making with a geographical focus on Europe and the Middle East.
Before joining UAB, Dr. Reuter was the Director of the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution and Associate Professor of international and comparative politics at Christopher Newport University. She was formerly associated with the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania, the Institute of Public International Law at the University of Zurich, and the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Dr. Kempin Reuter holds a PhD in International Relations and International Law and an MA in Contemporary History, Economics, and International Law from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is the author of numerous publications in her field and has been awarded multiple prizes and grants to expand her research and teaching.