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Cynthia Senn Johnson Endowment


Cynthia Senn Johnson Endowment

The Cynthia S. Johnson Endowment promotes progressive social change in higher education by nurturing a community of scholar practitioners, providing them with opportunities to reflect on their practice, and engage with colleagues who are committed to advancing student access, equity, and success for first-generation students and those from under-resourced communities across a diverse, multicultural landscape.

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Presenting the 2019 Cynthia S. Johnson Student Development Institute:

Portrait of Dr. Robert Teranshi

Dr. Robert Teranishi
University of California, Los Angeles

Friday, September 27, 2019
The Pointe located in the Pyramid
9:00am - 1:00pm
Check-in begins at 8:30
*Closed Session for Current Students 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Robert Teranishi is Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education, the Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies, and co-director for the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research examines the causes and consequences of the stratification of college opportunities, with a particular interest on the impact of higher education practice and policy on the mobility of marginalized and vulnerable communities.

Teranishi’s research has been influential to federal, state, and institution policy related to college access and completion. He has testified before Congress on the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, the College Cost Reduction and Affordability Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. His research has been referenced in U.S. Supreme Court cases on school desegregation and affirmative action in college admissions. In 2011, he was appointed by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan to the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. In 2015, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the Board for the Institute for Education Sciences. He has also served as a strategic planning and restructuring consultant for the Ford Foundation.

Teranishi has received national awards from the National Institute for the Study of Transfers, the Campaign for College Opportunity, the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He has also received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award and the Daniel E. Griffiths Award at NYU and the Robert M. Stevenson Faculty Award at UCLA.

Teranishi was formally a faculty member at New York University, a National Institute for Mental Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Sociology and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in Higher Education and Organizational Change.