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Mauriell Amechi

Mauriell Amechi, Ph.D., is a foster care advocate, social scientist, professor, consultant, and keynote speaker committed to educational equity and improving college outcomes and opportunities for marginalized learners. Amechi's scholarly interests and advocacy center on educational equity, intersectionality, access, college transitions, and persistence to degree completion for underserved student populations. His latest research seeks to influence public policy by documenting the experiences and trajectories of youth and young adults aging out of foster care and the seemingly endless roadblocks and disparities they often face in the education sector. The National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, National Association for Campus Activities, and the ACPA Foundation have generously sponsored his scholarship.

Amechi's publications appear in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Journal of African American Males in Education, and the Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (JFYESIT), to name a few. In addition to serving on editorial boards for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice and JFYESIT, he remains active in professional associations, namely the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, NASPA, and ACPA. Most recently, he served as a 2019-20 program co-chair for ASHE.

Born and raised in Chicago, the Westside native is a proud alumnus of Chicago Public Schools. Amechi received his B.A. with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.A. from Ohio State University. He later earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as an Advanced Opportunity Fellow.

In his free time, he enjoys international travel, music, sports, cycling, mentoring, and performing arts.