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A Bit About Us

Dr. Charlotte E. Jacobs and Dr. Katie Clonan-Roy

Although Charlotte and Katie both grew up in Ohio, they did not meet until their graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (beginning in 2011). Through coursework and common friends, Charlotte and Katie began to discuss their research interests. Charlotte was conducting research with Black girls in independent schools, and Katie with Latinx girls in public schools. As they were reviewing academic literature, they felt frustrated with the lack of emphasis on the developmental and academic experiences of girls of color. In order to address this issue, they worked with their advisor, Mike Nakkula, to create a model of positive youth development specific to girls of color. This realization, frustration, and the project that it produced, sprouted a friendship and academic partnership that would flourish over the years. While Charlotte is still at the University of Pennsylvania and Katie is now at Cleveland State University, they continue to collaborate on research projects, course development, and community presentations. At the center of all of their work is a deep care for gender equity and intersectional social justice.


Meet the Team

EnGenderED Associates are researchers, and practitioners, from across the U.S., whose work focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in K-12 education, higher education, and organizational contexts. Our Associates support the EnGenderED Research Collaborative in conducting research, engaging in program development, and developing and facilitating practitioner trainings. Get to know the team below!

Nora Gross


Core Fellow

Assistant Visiting Professor of Sociology

Boston College

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Shereen C. Naser


Assistant Professor

Cleveland State University

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Michael Kokozos


Assistant Teaching Professor

Florida International University

Curriculum Consultant

NC State University

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Clarice Bailey



Bailey Associates

Affiliate Faculty

Saint Joseph's University, Masters in Organization Development and Leadership

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Rhiannon Maton


Assistant Professor

State University of New York College at Cortland

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Kelsey M. Jones


Distinguished Visiting Professor of Education

Williams College

Assistant Professor of Human Development

California State University, San Marcos

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Heather Hill


Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

Cleveland State University

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Jackson A. Collins


Executive Director

Prep for Prep

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Dwight Vidale


Director of Institutional Equity and Belonging

The Collegiate School

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Andres Castro Samayoa


Assistant Professor

Lynch School of Education and Human Development

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Markita Warren


Curriculum Coordinator

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Casey Posey Matthews


English Teacher

Beachwood City Schools

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Erika Kitzmiller


Term Assistant Professor, Education

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