Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

Dr. Eva Marie Shivers is the Director of the Institute for Child Development Research & Social Change, a non-profit action research firm at the Indigo Cultural Center.


This center focuses on exploring families’ culturally adaptive responses to poverty. Dr. Shivers has served as Principal Investigator on numerous research studies that involve participatory-based research with community agencies and diverse cultural communities. Dr. Shivers received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Education, Psychological Studies in Education. She also holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Shivers’ research interests include: early education workforce issues; teacher-child attachment relationships in early education; and other early education issues involving race, culture and family sensitive care. She has presented her research on race, culture and child development throughout the country and has numerous peer-reviewed publications.  

She is currently finishing up a federally funded longitudinal study on the effect of cultural continuity between home and school on young children’s transition to kindergarten. Dr. Shivers also provides research consultation to federal, state and local policy makers – especially around the issues of racial equity in early childhood systems building, and how young children’s experiences with race in the education setting impacts their development.