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"We must work for small wins even as we are engaged in long-term culture shifts. We must search for systemic responses but be attentive to individual actions. We must be committed to action, but also to our continued learning and understanding."


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).


Honors and Awards:

  • 2020, Article of the Year, Journal of Research on Leadership Education, University Council for Educational Administration.

  • 2019, Inspirational Woman of the Year for Community Engagement, MSU Center for   Gender in Global Contexts.

  • 2017, Faculty Award, Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA).

  • 2015, Outstanding Reviewer of the Year, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership,  University of South Florida/UCEA

  • 2013, Outstanding Reviewer Award, Urban Education, Vanderbilt University.

  • 2010, Outstanding New Faculty Award, College of Education and Human Development  (CEHD), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. 

  • 2010, Outstanding Reviewer of the Year Award, Journal of School Leadership, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

  • 2003, Life Changing Award, presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) 2003 Summer Congressional Interns, Washington, DC.



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