Educational Equity and Policy Specialist

(919) 684-4807

Room A207, Erwin Mill

Erica Roberson Phillips recently graduated from Duke with her Master’s Degree in Educational Equity, Public Policy, and Reform. Erica’s Master’s Project entitled “Yes, ‘All Students Can be Taught How to be Smart’: How Anti-Bias Teacher Preparation Paired with Scaffolding of Rigorous Curriculum Can Eradicate the Achievement Gap” earned the distinction of “exemplary,” with Dr. Darity serving as her advisor.

Erica comes to The Cook Center with previous experience as a public school teacher. Working in both Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, Erica believes in developing the whole child, balancing culturally-responsive teaching methods with maintaining high academic expectations. Her educational passions align with removing barriers for all people to reach their fullest potential, through community organizing and policy changes.

In her role of Educational Equity and Policy Specialist, Erica serves as the Program Coordinator for the Hank & Billye Suber Aaron Young Scholars Program, assists in teaching the Global Inequality Research Institute courses, works in the Education Policy Working Group, and is the Project Director of a federal grant studying the benefits and inequities of gifted programming.