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ODL Projects

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Our Annual

Hilliard Sizemore Research Course

The Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course on African Americans in Education pairs early career scholars and advanced graduate students directly with established researchers to explore questions and methods related to the experiences of African Americans in education.


Participants are exposed to the fundamentals of developing a research agenda and career focused on conducting research on African American populations in education. The institute format includes a keynote address, breakout sessions, and one-on-one meetings.


The annual event is in April and coincides with the American Education Research Assoiation (AERA) annual meeting. It is hosted by the Organizational Disparities Laboratory and the Urban Education Collaborative.

Our Annual

International Colloquium on Black Males in Education

The International Colloquium on Black Males in Education is an annual, international gathering that serves as a space to exchange ideas and perspectives concerning the global dynamics of Black males in the educational pipeline. First held in 2012, it is a community-building experience that brings together world-class scholars, high- impact practitioners, policy makers, funders, students, and concerned citizens across the globe. 


The Colloquium offers a diverse array of programs that serve to elicit intellectual thought, discussion, and ideas that can be implemented to serve and improve the experiences of Black males throughout the world. Participants are encouraged to discuss the wide range of educational issues that arise across the educational pipeline (i.e., university and PK-12) as well as share ideas and innovative practices in different disciplinary fields (e.g., history, sociology, and STEM) that take into consideration how forces such as globalization and the internationalization of education affect the educational trajectories of Black males. 

ICBME is co-hosted by the Organizational Disparities Laboratory and the Todd Anthony Bell Center on the African American Male at The Ohio State University. 

Leadership Development to Reverse the Tide of Organizational Disparities in Geoscience 

Geosciences is among the least racially and ethnically diverse STEM fields, and has remained this way despite over four decades of funding to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. In partnership with William & Mary and Jason Chen, associate professor of educational psychology, the Organizational Disparities Laboratory has been involved in developing a series of NSF- funded projects (GeoDES: #1645444; and EAGER: #2039251) that serve to advance inclusion by (1) developing curriculum around innovative virtual reality (VR) simulations to teach participants and organizations how to directly and tactfully address social exclusion; and (2) applying social network analysis in an innovative way to identify leverage points for creating a more diverse and inclusive environment in a person’s or organization’s social structure.

Madison Metropolitan School District

Equity Audit

The Organizational Disparities Laboratory conducted an equity audit for the Madison Metropolitan School District to identify the root cause(s) of inequities in school cultures, policies, practices, and resources. Interviews were conducted with 380 individuals across the district, including students, families, teachers, building leaders, and administrators. 

The Madison Metropolitan School District is the second largest school district in Wisconsin and serves over 25,000 students in 52 schools. 

National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics

The National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (NSIA) is a set of national longitudinal survey inventories designed to gather information on various topics related to intercollegiate athletic administration. Phase one of this project was designed to better understand hiring practices in intercollegiate athletics. The NSIA will serve as a tool to promote and support the continuous improvement of hiring practices and organizational culture in intercollegiate athletic administration.

Seeding Diversity Fellows Program

The Seeding Diversity Fellows Program is a professional development program designed to increase the leadership capacity of the geoscience community (faculty and staff) for creating a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive field. The fellowship cohort is comprised of 30 scholars with diverse expertise in the geo-, environmental, and social sciences. 

The program is a highly-customized learning experience that enables participants to disrupt long-standing organizational practices that impede diversity in the academic field of geosciences in general, and in participants’ respective academic departments. Participants engage in (1) innovative mixed-reality simulations focused on navigating complex social and political situations where they must advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, (2) leadership curriculum, and (3) one-on-one coaching. 

The program also provides support and community for developing and implementing a change project that can be realistically accomplished in 12 months. Collectively, the fellows have identified projects that advance leadership development and institutional change at their respective institutions focused on justice, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences. 

The project is a collaborative effort between the Organizational Disparities Laboratory and Jason Chen, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the William & Mary School of Education. 

The project has been supported by an EAGER grant from the National Science Foundation.  

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