Nia Evans

Guest Blogger

Organizer and Policy Strategist

New York City, New York

Nia Evans is an organizer and policy strategist with a background in youth, gender and racial justice. As a campaign manager at the National Women’s Law Center, she managed national and state-based efforts to eradicate race and gender discrimination in K-12 schools.

Nia is the leading researcher and co-author of “Dress Coded: Black Girls, Bodies, and Bias in DC Schools,” which highlights the harmful effects of dress codes on girls’ education. Her research on Black girls and school discipline has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Vox and elsewhere, including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential education platform.

Nia received a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and her master’s in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Posted July 8, 2020

Black Girls Need Police-Free Schools

We are at a precipice. Advocates and school leaders in nearly 100 districts all over the country have called for…

By Nia Evans, Kayla Patrick

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Posted July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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