• Educational Justice
  • Diversity in Higher Education
  • Closing the Urban-Suburban Divide
  • Scholarship and Social Justice
  • Confronting Hidden Inequality and Privilege
  • Ending Gender Based Violence
  • Healthy Masculinity


  • Conference Keynote
  • Panel Discussions
  • Commencements
  • Black History Month
  • Martin Luther King Day

R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology of education at New York University’s Steinhardt School. He is a sought after speaker on topics ranging from education to gender justice. His book, Inequality in the Promised Land (Stanford University Press, 2014) goes beyond the achievement gap; it offers analysis and solutions for healing fractured school communities. His commentary has appeared on television stations ranging from Al Jazeera to Fox News and in media outlets from National Public Radio to Huffington Post Live.

He is a scholar-activist with years of experience of working with grassroots organizations, not for profits, think tanks and school districts. In New York City, he co-leads the Ndugu and Nzinga African Rites of Passage program. He routinely works with grassroots organizations on ending gender based violence and police violence. His blog Uptown Notes won the best political writing award from the Black Weblog Awards. He was recently honored as New Yorker of the week by the historic Amsterdam News, named to The Network Journal’s 40 under Forty, and has been called a leading “public intellectual” by Ebony Magazine.

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