Howard University Distinguished Lecture Series

Howard University Graduate School & American Institutes for Research present the
AIR Pipeline Partnership Program Distinguished Lecture Series

Join us for an engaging discussion on the intersection of race, artificial intelligence, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Dr. Odis Johnson Jr., scholar at the American Institutes for Research and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Social Policy and STEM Equity at Johns Hopkins University, will delve into the role of AI in perpetuating racial biases within our education and public safety systems.

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Time: 5 - 7 PM ET
Location: Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building

Do you have any questions ahead of our event?  Contact: The P3 Team at AIR 

Meet Presenter

Dr. Odis Johnson Jr.

Odis Johnson Jr., Ph.D., is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Social Policy and STEM Equity at Johns Hopkins University, with faculty appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Education as Executive Director of the Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, and in the Department of Sociology. He also directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methodologies (ICQCM), and serves as co-editor of the Sociology of Education, a journal of the American Sociological Association.

Learn more about Dr. Odis Johnson here.

Meet AIR Staff

Dr. Karen Francis

Dr. Karen Francis is a vice president and the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer at AIR. In this role, she leads AIR’s overall DEI efforts through the implementation of the DEI framework and strategic pillars focused on workforce and work environment; cultural and linguistic competence; identity, brand, and thematic research; and growth and sustainability to advance AIR’s mission. Additionally, Dr. Francis focuses on developing internal and external partnerships to drive AIR’s global DEI presence. She provides oversight for the DEI Office, employee resource groups, the DEI Council and the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Workgroup. She partners with other senior leadership and staff across AIR to drive organizational accountability around inclusivity, equity, and fairness at all levels. In 2023, Dr. Francis was named to the Howard University, Graduate School Board of Visitors.

Learn more about Dr. Karen Francis here.

Dr. Rashawn Ray 

Rashawn Ray is an AIR vice president and the executive director of the AIR Equity Initiative. Launched in 2021, the AIR Equity Initiative is a five-year, $100M+ investment in behavioral and social science research and technical assistance to address the underlying causes of systemic inequities and to increase opportunities for people and communities. The initiative’s work is done collaboratively with other organizations and communities, and focuses on developing approaches to moderate or mitigate the harmful effects on individuals living in communities segregated by race and place, with a particular emphasis on education, workforce, creating safer communities, and advancing health equity.

Learn more about Dr. Rashawn Ray here.

Jillian Reynolds  

Jillian Reynolds is a senior program manager at AIR. In this role, Reynolds works with AIR leadership on the AIR Equity Initiative to implement strategic efforts that connect research, policy, and practice to advance AIR’s mission. She leads the Pipeline Partnership Program (P3-US) which seeks to build a pipeline of researchers and technical assistance providers with diverse backgrounds coming into the behavioral and social science research fields. The P3-US currently engages with graduate-level students and faculty at Georgia State University in Atlanta; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Learn more about Jillian Reynolds here.

Arayle Freels

Arayle Freels is a senior program manager with the AIR Equity Initiative. She leads the Equity Initiative’s engagement and communications efforts to extend the reach of its programs and encourage dialogue, mutual learning, and action across stakeholder groups. Additionally, she provides strategic partner engagement and support for the AIR Pipeline Partnership Program. In her roles, Freels helps to implement and define the Equity Initiative’s programmatic agenda for strategic communications across Equity Initiative program areas.

Learn more about Arayle Freels here.

Meet Howard University Faculty Host

Dr. Terri Adams

Terri Adams, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of the Office of External Affairs, responsible for the research portfolio at the Graduate School. Dr. Adams also serves as the Deputy Director of the NOAA Cooperative Science Center in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (NCAS-M) at Howard University and Director of the Howard University Initiative on Public Opinion. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine issues with theoretical and practical implications.

Contact Dr. Terri Adams here.