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Leah Q. Peoples

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Research and Evaluation

Leah Q. Peoples is an I-STEM graduate research assistant working on evaluation projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to STEM related programs, she has also evaluated social justice programs, youth development programs, and curriculum. In 2015, Leah was selected for the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) prestigious Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program. Her approach to evaluation is culturally responsive, useful, and meaningful. In 2016, Leah co-taught a graduate level course in Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE).

Leah has three broad research interests: (a) inequities in education and building equity in schools, (b) program evaluation and research on evaluation, and (c) developing equitable measures and instruments for evaluation and research. The underlying theme across her research interests is doing work that is equitable in a diverse democratic society.

Leah is pursuing a doctoral degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership and a Master’s of Education in Applied Statistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Dixson, A.D., Clayton, D., Peoples, L.Q., Reynolds, R. (2016). The impact of racism on education and the educational experiences of students of color. In The Cost of Racism for People of Color. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Mitchell, M., Peoples, L.Q., & Combs, D.C. (2016). A blended approach: Challenges and opportunities using CRE and VEE. Paper presented at the international meeting of Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, Chicago, IL.
Peoples, L.Q. & Mitchell, M. (2015). Evaluator’s role in program design: Facilitating, focusing, and executing. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Evaluation Association, Chicago, IL.
Peoples, L.Q. (2015). Understanding the Chicago Public School closures: Policy and politics. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Email: lpeople2@illinois.edu