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Tanishia Williams

A teacher, leader, researcher, and advocate for children, Tanishia has worked to redesign education for the past twenty years. A true transformative leader, Williams has reformed schools and districts to achieve increased student achievement through creative practices, innovative approaches, and reimagined solutions. Rich in experiences with marginalized students from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, Tanishia Williams has consistently demonstrated skills in creating, facilitating, and managing programs customized to meet the needs of students with disparate achievement outcomes.

Tanishia has contributed to the field by working tenaciously to break ceilings and build pathways for those whose access to education is devoid of resources. Guided by her belief that equity in education is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time, Tanishia will complete her dissertation “Liberty Needs Glasses: A Critical Race Theory Analysis of a Culture of Miseducation in the intersection of Power, Privilege, and Positionality,” at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy in the upcoming year. Her research is grounded in building tools for schools to use to measure, address, and eradicate inequity within their academic programming, climate, and culture. Tanishia’s broader research goals will advance the literature at the intersections of school culture, critical race theory, policy intervention, and student achievement. Her public scholarship includes a recent publication in response to the impact of COVID-19 on compulsory aged students, “Learning Equitably, Digitally and Well: A Report on NYC Schools in the Wake of COVID-19 and What Comes Next.” Tanishia routinely shares her research findings and has presented, for example, at the Alumni of Color Conference at Harvard University, Research on Women in Education Conference, The New School Conference on Management and Social Justice, the Annual Education and Development Conference, the Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Urban Studies, Urban Planning and Public Policy, and the Critical Race Studies in Education Association conference.

Having served as a school practitioner in a number of roles, Principal, Executive Director, and Instructional Superintendent, Tanishia’s research interests align with both conceptual and practical theory that forwards equity within educational spaces.