Keynote and Panelist

Dr. DeLeon Gray is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. He has previously held appointments at the Association for Psychological Science, the American Institutes for Research, and the National Institutes of Health. He aims to support educators, parents, administrators, and mentors in unpacking the concept of motivation, and places a special emphasis on understanding how historically marginalized populations are positioned relative to the practices and policies that are enacted in and around school environments. His research program has been recognized by the receipt of prestigious honors including the Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations Award (RiSE-UP) from the Association for Psychological Science, and dissertation fellowships from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation and the American Education Research Association (AERA).

In 2015, he was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine as one of 100 men of color who are “living up to a standard of excellence and using their talents and influence in their respective industries to shift the perception of men of color to create and encourage a positive narrative.” Most recently, he received the Change Agent Award of Appreciation from St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC for his exceptional work predominantly Black schools.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) (B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies) and The Ohio State University (M.A., Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement; Ph.D., Educational Psychology). DeLeon enjoys bowling, karaoke, being a master of Connect 4, and having a winning fantasy football team. For more information about DeLeon Gray’s partnership with educators, please visit

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