Shaun R. Harper, PhD
Provost Professor, Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business, USC
Chair, Urban Leadership, USC
Executive Director, USC Race and Equity Center
Shaun R. Harper, PhD, is a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC), the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center. Prior to joining USC, he spent a decade on the University of Pennsylvania faculty, where he founded the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education.
He is author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications and received more than $12 million in research grants. Review of Research in Education, Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and Journal of College Student Development are some journals that have published his research. Professor Harper’s research has been cited in more than 8,000 published studies. His books include Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D. and Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his 13th book, Race Matters in College.
Professor Harper is past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education [ASHE] and an elected member of the American Educational Research Association [AERA] Executive Council. He serves on editorial boards for the Journal of Higher Education and American Educational Research Journal, and was previously associate editor of Educational Researcher. Professor Harper was named an AERA Fellow in 2017. AERA also presented him its 2010 Early Career Award [Division G] and 2014 Relating Research to Practice Award. Additionally, he received the 2008 ASHE Early Career Award, the 2012 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Robert H. Shaffer Award for Faculty Excellence, and the 2014 American College Personnel Association Contribution to Knowledge Award. Governors State University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2017.
Professor Harper has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR, and featured or quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and over 11,000 news outlets in the U.S. and abroad. He was appointed to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper advisory council in 2015, and recognized in Education Week as one of the 10 most influential professors in the field of education in 2017.
Audrey Dow, MA
Senior Vice President, The Campaign for College Opportunity
Audrey Dow is the Senior Vice President for The Campaign for College Opportunity, a statewide policy/advocacy organization working to ensure more Californians have the opportunity to go to college and succeed. Audrey is responsible for building and sustaining a strong coalition of business, community, civil rights and student leaders, a robust research agenda that provides the latest data and trends in higher education in California for policymakers and the public, and strategic media and communications activities that keep the issues of access, success and affordability front and center.
Before joining the Campaign, Audrey served as Programs and Policy Director for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and was Special Assistant to the Secretary for the California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency under former California Governor Gray Davis. Audrey received a BS in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in Public Affairs with an emphasis in Domestic Policy, and a certificate in Urban Policy, from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She serves on the Parent Board of the Mayfield Senior School and is the California State Senate’s appointee to the California Awards for Innovation in Higher Education Committee. Audrey is the proud mother of four little Californians.