Constance P. Hargrave, Ph.D.
Constance P. Hargrave is an associate professor of learning technologies and social
justice education in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Her research
examines the social, structural, and cultural factors that empower students of color to
study in STEM fields. Hargrave is the former director of Iowa State University SCIENCE
BOUND – the only program in Iowa designed to equip pre-college students of color to
pursue degrees and careers in STEM disciplines at predominantly White institutions.
Working on the grass roots, school, and institutional levels, Hargrave’s scholarship
addresses the systemic failures of U.S. socio-educational systems to produce STEM
professionals of color. Her scholarship has been nationally recognized by Excelencia in
Education for accelerating Lantinx student success at the bachelorette level; and in 2017
she was inducted into the Iowa African American Hall of Fame. In her free time,
Hargrave enjoys performing stand-up comedy, and when her students don’t laugh, she
calls it a lecture.
Arizona Alliance of Black
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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