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Ayana Hardaway

Ayana Hardaway is a Visiting Scholar for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice in the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Ayana has twelve years of experience as an administrator, researcher, and educator in higher education. As a critical qualitative researcher and practitioner, Ayana’s research interests include: examining the intersections of race and gender within marginalized groups, with a focus on Black women and girls, in P-20 educational and social contexts; campus diversity initiatives and policies; and critical qualitative methods. Ayana completed her Ph.D. through the Urban Education program with a concentration in Higher Education in the Department of Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies at Temple University. Her dissertation used a Critical Race Feminist approach to examine the racially gendered experiences of undergraduate Black Women Resident Assistants at Predominantly White Institutions. Her most recent work was highlighted in Urban Education Policy Annuals, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and The HBCU Times. She is an Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Fellow for Research on African Americans and Education, and was the recipient of the Dr. Rita Wolotkiewicz Phi Delta Kappa Dissertation Award by the College of Education at Temple University in recognition for her scholarship. She holds a M.Ed. in Urban Education from Temple University, and a B.A. in Communication Studies and Journalism from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Ayana is a Research Fund Manager at the University of California, San Diego.