research power hour

Educating for Democracy, Transformative SEL / K-12 Equity Directors

GTY’s Research Power Hour features early career scholars engaged in interesting and important work around thriving youth. The three topics this month are: educating for democracy, transformative SEL and K-12 Equity Directors.

Past Event


May 25, 2021


2-3p ET / 11a-noon PT



Join us in May to discuss:

  • Educating for Democracy: Using Developmentally Appropriate Historical Inquires Focused on Race and Justice to Promote Middle School Students’ Transformative Social Emotional Learning Competencies by Dr. Johari Harris, University of Virginia
  • K-12 Equity Directors: Who they are, what they do, and their impact by Dr. Decoteau Irby, University of Illinois Chicago

Webinar Recording


Speaker Bios and Topics

Featured Speakers

Dr. Johari Harris

Research Assistant Professor, School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia

Dr. Johari Harris examines how social identities, specifically race and gender, along with cultural values systems, like Afro-centric values, influence African American adolescents social-emotional competencies. Her research is grounded in intersectionality, developmental psychology, and social psychology theories.

Dr. Decoteau Irby

Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Decoteau Irby is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies where he teaches and advises in the College’s Urban Education Leadership program area. He researches equity-focused school leadership as a lever to improve Black children’s academic and socio-emotional experiences and outcomes.