Unapologetic Educational Research: Malik Henfield
The Unapologetic Educational Research webinar series engages audiences in thinking about and reflecting on what it means to conduct educational research from a standpoint that honors Black lives in the research process, while also disrupting racism and white supremacy. Given the unprecedented moment we are all experiencing, we are committed to shifting the landscape of qualitative research and using this research to shift our sociopolitical context toward racial equity and justice.
Malik Henfield, founding dean for the Insitute for Racial Justice at Loyola University Chicago, will present his unapologetic approach to school- and community-based research and the direct/indirect implications of this work for those in higher education settings. His community engagement research with schools, includes Atlanta Public School District, Baltimore City Public School District, Chicago Public Schools, Oakland Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District and more) is a hallmark of his scholarship. He will address the ways his scholarly approach is vital to an unapologetic and racially just approach to research and supporting the next generation of racial justice scholars.
Founding Dean, Institute for Racial Justice
Loyola University Chicago
Henfield's scholarship situates Black students' lived experiences in a broader ecological milieu to critically explore how their personal, social, academic, and career success is impeded and enhanced by school, family, and community contexts. His work to date has focused heavily on the experiences of Black students formally identified as gifted/high-achieving while his latest projects focus more exclusively on developing, implementing, and evaluating in- and out-of-school interventions associated with developing Black students ready to succeed in college and careers.