Like Oil and Water: Affirmative Action and Apartheid

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The Supreme Court recently ruled to eliminate affirmative action in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard,  effectively ending the use of race-based affirmative action in higher education.

Black Owned Conversations asks Dr. Kelly Marie Shepard about her PhD journey.


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Kelly Marie Shepard, PhD

Kelly Marie Shepard is an Adjunct Professor at Howard University, an Education Consultant, and an aspiring children’s book author who lives in Chicago with her family and cat.

In 2022, her picture book manuscript, Jemison Won’t Jump Double-Dutch, was selected by We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) for their Black Creatives Mentorship.

Dr. Kelly’s research focuses on the science in picture books and on the institutional mechanisms that increase the graduation rates of racial groups underrepresented in STEM majors as well as the intersection of reading and science conceptual learning for elementary students.

Dr. Kelly earned a B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University of Chicago. Her PhD in Science Education was earned at Illinois Institute of Technology. She began her career in education as a first-grade teacher and later taught middle school mathematics, science, and literacy.


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