Faculty & Staff

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Dr. Gloria Boutte

Executive Director

Editor in Chief

Dr. Gloria Swindler Boutte is an Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina.  Her scholarship focuses on equity pedagogies. She is the author/editor of six books: (1) Educating African American Students: And how are the children (2nd edition); (2)We Be Lovin’ Black Children: Becoming Learning to Be Literate About the African Diaspora (2022 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award); (3) African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education (2019 AESA Critics Choice Award) (4) Educating African American Students: And how are the children; (5) Resounding Voices: School Experiences of People From Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds; and (6) Multicultural Education:  Raising Consciousness.  She has nearly100 publications.  Dr. Boutte has presented nationally and internationally on equity issues and has received prestigious awards such as the Fulbright Scholar; Fulbright Specialist; 2020 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts—Elementary Section; and the 2021 American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2021 Division K Legacy award and 2022-23 AERA Fellow. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS).  She has served as a Visiting Scholar and presented her work internationally on every continent except for Antarctica. Dr. Boutte is the mother of three children and five grandchildren.

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Crystal Robinson Rouse

Center Director

Assistant Manager

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Vernon Turner

Graduate Research Assistant 

Programming Editor

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Kyungjin Hwang

Special Assistant

Art Director