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Dr. Chezare  Warren

Dr. Chezare Warren

Inaugural Associate Professor of Equity & Inclusion in Education Policy at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Chezare Warren

Inaugural Associate Professor of Equity & Inclusion in Education Policy at Vanderbilt University


Dr. Chezare A. Warren is the inaugural Associate Professor of Equity & Inclusion in Education Policy at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development. He is the first Black tenured professor in the history of the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations.

Dr. Warren is a veteran educator, having spent about a decade in K-12 education before transitioning into higher education as a scholar of intersectional racial justice. He is a prolific education researcher whose work has garnered numerous accolades, including his selection for a highly competitive 2019 Ford Foundation/National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Postdoc Fellowship. He the youngest person to serve as president of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, and he has held visiting appointments at Stanford, NYU, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Warren has authored three books and over 45 other peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, reviews, and reports. His debut EP is titled Love Letter. Dr. Warren’s music compliments his scholarly work. His cultural productions foreground themes of hope, humanity and love for self, blackness and Black people. He is a highly sought-after speaker, artist, and consultant on issues of race, equity, and justice in the US.

Speaker Videos

Anti-Blackness and Marketing

Acknowledging the Everyday of Anti-Blackness

The Pipeline was Designed to Inferiorize Black Youth

Transforming Grief to Healing

An Empowered University from a Freedom Dream

What Happens When Institutions Concede Power

Seeing Ourselves

Speech Topics

Centering Possibility in Black Education

Improving education outcomes for Black students begins with resisting racist characterizations of blackness. This talk emphasizes the imperative that possibility drive efforts aimed at transforming education for Black learners. Inspired by the “freedom dreaming” of activists in the Black radical tradition, the talk clarifies how centering possibility actively refuses limitations for what Black people can create, accomplish, and achieve. Warren draws on research in history, cultural studies, and sociology to cast a vision of Black education futures unencumbered by antiblackness and White supremacy. In doing so, this talk aims to catalyze innovative solutions to eliminating harm and generating education alternatives that Black students desire and deserve.

Empathy, Relationships, Black Boys & Race in Education

Learn more about empathy as a racial justice imperative and its utility for building positive relationships with Black boys that may counter their suffering in American PreK-12 schools, colleges, and universities.

Advancing Racial Justice in PreK-12 Education

Learn more about the challenges and opportunities to establishing racial justice imperatives at the local school, district, or state policymaking level necessary to strengthen efforts to undo racial harm. Talk also features discussion of building solidarity among racially minoritized peoples and institutions, as well as critical perspectives for more deeply understanding (anti-Black) race and racism in today’s public education system.

Culturally Responsive Teaching in Action

Learn more about what it means to translate asset pedagogical theory (e.g., culturally responsive/sustaining/relevant teaching, funds of knowledge etc.) into education practice and policy.

Art + Academe

Art + Academe is a conversation in two acts. Act I is a panel discussion among leading scholars of Black Education about the ways that art both facilitates their wellbeing and influences the justice orientation to their scholarly work. Act II is a live music performance featuring two of the panelists, Augustus and Decoteau.