Dr. Thandeka K. Chapman is an Associate Professor in the Education Studies Department at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Chapman conducts research with teachers and students in urban and racially diverse settings to examine and resolve the ways in which institutional racism is manifested in school climate, curriculum, adult and student relationships, and school policies. In keeping with her social justice agenda for school reform at all levels of education, Dr. Chapman uses her research findings to assist districts, traditional schools, and charter schools in alleviating barriers to student learning and developing policies, teaching practices, and curricula that better serve the social and academic needs of all students. Dr. Chapman’s work with educators has been instrumental in helping teachers and administrators address inequities at both district and individual school levels in urban and suburban settings.
The African American Studies Minor (AASM) at the University of California San Diego is an interdisciplinary field of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. AASM is a scholarly examination of African American life, history and culture as it has taken shape within the U.S. and helped to transform the nation.