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Michelle 
Purdy

Associate Professor of Education
Director of the Undergraduate Program in Educational Studies Affiliate Faculty, African and African-American Studies & Urban Studies
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​Nancy 
Reynolds​

​Associate Professor of History, of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Affiliate), and of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies (Affiliate)
Director of Graduate Studies in History and JIMES
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Will R. 
Ross

Associate Dean for Diversity, Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, Senior Fellow at the Washington University Center for Health Policy
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Vetta L. 
Sanders Thompson

E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
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Brenda 
Thacker

Administrative Assistant
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Karen 
Tokarz

Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service, Professor of African & African-American Studies, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program Director, and Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic
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Denise 
Ward-Brown

Professor, College and Graduate School of Art
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James​ 
Wertsch

David R. Francis Distinguished Professor
Director Emeritus of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology Professor of International and Area Studies
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Carol 
Camp Yeakey

Marshall S. Snow Professor of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Education, Urban Studies, International and Area Studies, African and African American Studies, and American Culture Studies
Founding Director of the Center on Urban Research & Public Policy and the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies
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Rafia 
Zafar

Professor of English, African and African-American Studies, and American Culture Studies