© 2017 by Cierra Kaler-Jones

 educator | Scholar 

 research interests 
  • Race, Class, Gender, and Inequality

  • Urban and Minority Education

  • Art Education in Out-of-School Settings 

  • Critical Black Feminist Theory

  • Culturally-relevant Teaching and Curriculum Development 

  • Trauma-informed Response in School Settings 

  • Community/Youth Development and Organizations

  • Sociology of Education

  • School as a Context for Human Development 

  • Higher Education Diversity & Inclusion

experience

Graduate Fellow & Consultant

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

  • Conducted research advancing best practices in educating African-American students from birth to college completion and nurturing African-American female leadership

  • Participated in strategic planning and federal policy briefings to improve educational outcomes through the production of fact sheets and memos that synthesize promising and proven practices

  • Represented the Initiative by speaking on panels including the AfAmWomenLead African American Women Civic Leaders Education Policy Briefing Youth Leadership Forum and the AfAmEdFilms screening of A Ballerina’s Tale"

  • Developed a plan and run of show for a BET Summit to Discuss Challenges African American Youth Face and an Arts & Mental Health Summit for African American Youth"

  • Drafted op-eds, memos, and other correspondence including: First Lady’s Celebrating African American History Through Dance event, What A Time to Be Alive: Celebrating Black Excellence During Commencement Season, African American Women: Creating Opportunity to Continue the Legacy in Honor of Women’s History Month, Supporting First Generation College Students, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Scholarship and Sisterhood: A PhD is For Me to reframe positive asset narratives 

  • Contracted to write a federal white paper on the #AfAmWomenLead initiative, trends in barriers that Black girls face in education, and recommendations to ensure educational success for Black women and girls 

Public Policy Fellow

Girl Scouts of the USA Public Policy & Advocacy Office

  • Assisted staff with promoting public policies and in-depth research on girl-focused issues including girls in STEM, outdoor programs for girls, fostering healthy relationship skills for girls, and effective strategies in promoting financial literacy

  • Planned, implemented, and volunteered at the White House Girl Scout Camp-out, introducing 200 Girl Scouts from the across the country to outdoor activities as part of a national legislative campaign to increase girls’ access to outdoor programs

  • Created advocacy materials including one-pagers, presentations, and fact sheets to support local Girl Scout councils in all fifty states

  • Provided media updates to over 20 Congressional offices and monitored new legislation related to the Girl Scout legislative agenda

  • Attended briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill with external organizations to develop memos on girls in STEM, economic opportunities for girls, and strengthening financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills 

Community Education Intern

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey

  • Assisted in designing and providing trainings and presentations to approximately 300 individuals, program staff, and organizations ranging from small groups to hundreds of participants about child abuse and neglect prevention

  • Collected and analyzed pre and post survey data for grant proposals on the organization’s Period of PURPLE crying program, where parents of newborns are taught about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome through videos and one-on-one interactions with hospital nurses

  • Developed three major resource and information sheets and packages for community education programs on child abuse and neglect, human trafficking, and shaken baby syndrome used to distribute at community events, conferences, and fairs throughout the state

Assistant Program Coordinator

Mount Vernon Campus, The George Washington University

  • Write articles and compile information to be distributed in two weekly publications tailored to the first year student experience

  • Create and implement a working curriculum entitled the Speak Your Truth series to give over 1,000 students a space to discuss social justice issues in relation to their own lived experiences in monthly passive and active programming including a Human Library event, art exhibit, voter registration drive, documentary screenings, panels, and dinner dialogues 

  • Nominated to serve as the graduate staff member on the Administrator on Call Leadership Team, which oversees the on-call duty rotation that serves over 10,000 students

  • Plan and manage an annual campus-wide signature events, Vern Harvest and Fountain Day which includes managing a $10,000 budget

  • Advise seven student organizations on campus including: She’s the First, Venezuelan Perspectives GWU, Love Your Melon, GW ART, GWU Baha’i Student Association, Kusala, and No Labels GW

  • Supervise a staff of three undergraduate Student Coordinators and serve as the Chief Editor of two weekly publications which !reach over 2,000 students, staff, and faculty members 

Senior Residential Director

The George Washington University Pre-college Summer Program

  • Served as the primary point of contact for over 600 pre-college students and a residential staff of 16 to address residential issues and to facilitate a residential environment in which all residents are respected and safe

  • Assigned schedules for daily activities to 14 Resident Advisors and 2 Program Coordinators

  • Established, enforced, and documented conduct expectations based on university and program policies as the primary point of contact for student conduct issues and parents 

  • Oversaw residential programming to educate high school students on community expectations and standards needed to be successful in college

Residence Director

The George Washington University

  • Operated the day-to-day functions of five residence halls advising 500 first-year residents

  • Worked cooperatively with University Police, Counseling Center, and Campus Living Staff to respond to the needs of more than 10,000 students in a monthly on-call duty rotation!

  • Planned and conducted weekly staff training and development meetings in a supervisory role which enhanced staff competency levels for 8 undergraduate Resident Assistants

  • Served as a staff mediator between 500 students and/or parents in issues pertaining to university policy (alcohol/drug violations, !mental health concerns, roommate conflicts)

U.S. Operations Intern

She's the First

  • Developed the curriculum for She’s the First’s partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools of New York summer program, incorporating the usage of social media to engage with issues of women’s empowerment and global awareness

  • Led a summer camp of over 200 middle school female students in three different workshop series based on local, community, and global focuses

  • Facilitated a day-long leadership workshop for 20 student leaders through Eileen Fischer’s Summer Leadership Institute

Teaching Assistant

Rutgers University, Barbara Voorhees Mentor Program

  • Co-taught the course “Issues in Women’s Leadership: Knowledge & Power”, a women’s & gender studies course for all first-year, transfer, and non-traditional residents of Douglass Residential College for 30 undergraduate students 

  • Met individually with 30 students to assist with classroom assignments, encourage campus involvement, and serve as a peer advisor

  • Crafted and sent out a weekly newsletter detailing campus events and academic FAQs

  • Contributed to the development of a working curriculum based on gender issues including the representation of women, feminist pedagogy, and workplace discrimination and economic disparities