Keynote and Panelist

DeLeon Gray is a Scholar in Residence in the College of Education at Michigan State University. He is enthusiastic about working jointly with education stakeholders to disrupt structural aspects of schooling environments that leave students of color vulnerable to anxieties about belonging.

His efforts involve (1) developing culturally sensitive observation and survey tools to assess students’ opportunities to belong in the classroom, (2) disseminating user-friendly resources the can inform public discourse on ways of honoring and affirming students in academic settings, (3) educating funders and school administrators as they make strategic investments in research designed to shape students’ sense of psychological membership at school and (4) establishing a networked community of educators and researchers who are firmly committed to making schools places where students are accepted, respected, included and supported.

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