The Role of Philanthropy in Urban Education Reform

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Philanthropy, Equity, and Education Research

Na'ilah Suad Nasir

President of the Spencer Foundation

In this talk, Dr. Nasir examines key issues in education, equity and education research. Join us to learn from this nationally renowned and award-winning researcher. Engage in dialogue with a panel of prominent leaders representing P-12 and higher education, government, corporate, and philanthropic sectors.


  • Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund
  • Wanda Cook-Robinson, superintendent, Oakland Schools 
  • Nate McCaughtry, professor and assistant dean, Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, Wayne State University College of Education
  • Punita Dani Thurman, vice president of program and strategy, The Skillman Foundation
 Welcome and Introduction
  • Anita Welch, dean, Wayne State University College of Education
  • Keith E. Whitfield, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Wayne State University 
  • Roland Sintos Coloma, assistant dean, Division of Teacher Education, Wayne State University College of Education


  • Wayne State University College of Education
  • Kaplan Center for Research on Urban Education 
  • Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc.
  • June G. Yackness and Irvin H. Yackness Endowed Lectureship Series










Law School Partrich Auditorium
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Schrag at 313-577-0904 or

Submissions for this form have closed on January 8, 2020 at 10:00 am.