Racial Opportunity Cost
Racial Opportunity Cost turns critical attention to the specific challenges faced by high-achieving students of color and gives educators a framework for recognizing and addressing these issues. Terah Venzant Chambers roots her discussion in the concept of racial opportunity cost, using a term borrowed from economics to refer to the obstacles faced and tradeoffs made by Black and Latinx students on the path to academic success.
Dr. Terah T. Venzant Chambers is a professor of K-12 Educational Administration and the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her research interests include post-Brown K-12 education policy and urban education leadership. Specifically, she is interested in the ways within-school segregative policies influence African American students’ academic achievement and school engagement, as well as the racialized price of school success for high-achieving students of color (racial opportunity cost).