Kara McElvaine

Academic interests

Kara's research broadly focuses on the contexts and processes which support the creation of more equitable environments for youth and adults, especially in the United States’ education and human service systems. She integrates practical experiences leading and managing nationwide improvement initiatives with social science research to develop, test, and scale practices and programs that promote justice. For her dissertation, she is studying how districts select and implement workplace trainings on topics like diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and White teachers’ racial identity development processes.