School of Education names first associate dean of equity and justice

Leigh Patel joined the School of Education on July 2 as the inaugural associate dean of equity and justice.

With a background in sociology, Patel researches and teaches about education as a site of social reproduction and as a potential site for transformation

Patel previously was a professor in the Education, Society, and Culture program at the UC Riverside Graduate School of Education. She previously spent 13 years as a tenured faculty member at Boston College.

“I am greatly looking forward to working across research, policy, and practice to further equity and justice,” Patel said in a news release. “With every action, we are further equity and justice or impeding, and often there is a combination at work. I am excited to take up hard questions of these intricacies with this fantastic group of students, staff, and faculty.

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