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The first in the webinar series, Black Lives with IDD and Their Faith Communities: A discussion of the role of church communities in the lives of black and brown people with IDD and their families
Dr. Luchara Wallace is the Director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations and an Associate Professor in Special Education where she leads research and advocacy on topics such as juvenile incarceration, generational wealth attainment, and policies impacting families and individuals with disabilities.
Prior to her appointment as Director of the Walker Institute, Dr. Wallace taught courses in the Learning Disabilities endorsement block and was a co-principal investigator on the Turnaround School Leaders Project, which was a federal grant designed to turnaround priority schools and develop a leadership pipeline within the partner districts. Dr. Wallace is currently engaging in research related to the development of an off-campus alternative to school suspension in an effort to interrupt the school to prison pipeline for at-risk middle and high school students. Most recently, Dr. Wallace developed a summer youth employment program based upon preliminary results from the alternative to school suspension research and feedback from incarcerated youth.
For five years Dr. Wallace dedicated herself as a full-time teacher in both elementary and secondary classrooms. Throughout her career she has coordinated programming to support students with learning disabilities as well as emotional and behavioral disorders. The programs offered to students focused on empowering them by teaching tools of self-advocacy and independent learning.
Dr. Wallace’s passion for family and policy studies is a continuation of her desire to support individuals and families with disabilities in creating the life they aspire to have. Dr. Wallace is also interested in determining the ways families learn about the policies that impact them and how that knowledge impacts their family’s quality of life. As a member of the faculty, Dr. Wallace has multiple opportunities to advise and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students preparing to become special educators as well as students engaged in the work of the Lewis Walker Institute.
Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration