Kallie Clark is a Senior Research Associate at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice and author of Decoding College: Stories, Strategies, and Struggles of First-generation College Students. Kallie’s research focuses on education systems, and how education policies and practices produce inequalities for first-generation college students, students of color, underrepresented students, and students from low-income backgrounds. Prior to joining Hope, Kallie worked as a researcher with the UChicago Consortium on School Research for seven years. In addition to her formal training in education research, Kallie brings a great deal of practical experience to her understanding of equity in higher education. Before entering graduate school, Kallie served as the founding college counselor in a Chicago High School predominantly serving students of color and students from low-income families. Kallie is currently an Institute of Education Sciences Predoctoral Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago.
Kallie’s hope: To identify and dismantle institutional barriers that keep students from reaching their higher education potential.