Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., is a professor of counseling psychology at Howard University, president and CEO of the Quality Education for Minorities Network, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education. In the past, he served as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities under President Barack Obama, as well as the senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Toldson is a prolific scholar and myth buster with more than 60 publications under his name, including four books. His most recent book, published in January 2019, is titled “No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear About Black People.” In this new book, Toldson uses data analysis, anecdotes and commentary to debunk common myths about educating Black children. His motivation for writing this work comes from talking with people who had lost hope due to negative statistics about young Black men. He found that the more he studied these statistics, the more he found that they were often incorrect, poorly contextualized, or incomplete. “No BS” comes from a desire to find solutions and combat misinformation. It is a landmark work in an expansive body of research dedicated to educational equity.
Christopher N. Cross, Ph.D. is a biomedical engineer with expertise in policy and non-profit development. During his graduate studies at Howard University, Cross became the first openly gay male student trustee in the University’s history. He also founded the Lavender Fund, a scholarship award established to provide academic financial support for Howard University students who demonstrate outstanding involvement in LGBT+ community issues. Cross has since worked in publishing, biomedical engineering, and public policy. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale University’s Cancer Biology Training Program.
Michaella Moore is a graduating senior majoring in biology with a double minor in sociology and theater arts. She is active in student governance and is the vice president of the Petey Greene Program, for which she has served as a tutor in prisons and jails. Moore was selected by the British government as one of 46 national recipients of the 2020 Marshall scholarship, making her the third Marshall Scholar in Howard University history. She is pursuing medicine with the goal of informing public health, policy and practices on a global stage to increase heath equity in underserved communities.
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