Jennifer Obidah

Program Associate

As a Certified Professional Coach and Academic Scholar, Jennifer’s work focuses on the social and emotional learning of adult learners, in particular, educator’s leadership development in addressing issues of equity and diversity in teaching and learning processes, and cross-racial conflict mediation. She assists educators in building their capacity to acknowledge, mediate and hold space for themselves and others during moments of tension and conflict. Jennifer brings her expertise in leading these workshops for educational leaders around the globe, to the Mills Teachers Scholars program along with 20-plus years of teaching and administration in higher education. Jennifer is the co-author of 2 books both published by Teachers College Press, Columbia University. Her first-authored book titled, “Because of the Kids: Facing Racial and Cultural Differences in Schools,” won the 2001 Gustavus Myers Book Award, an award which recognizes “works that increase understanding of intolerance and bigotry, and that inspire and inform strategies and actions that can lead to greater equity in our society.” Jennifer has also authored and co-authored 52 journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports for educational organizations with topics on teacher education, racial and cultural differences between teachers and students and education in urban schools.  Jennifer has presented her work at conferences in Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica, Canada, Namibia, South Africa, Suriname, and the United States. Her work has been recognized by invitations to speak at meetings of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice, the National Equity Project, and, the Harvard University Civil Rights Project. Jennifer graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Sociology from Hunter College CUNY, an MA in African American Studies from Yale University and a PhD in Education from UC Berkeley.