Dean, LaFetra College of Education
Dr. Kimberly A. White-Smith is Professor and Dean of the LaFetra College of Education (LFCE) at the University of La Verne (ULV), which houses more than $10 million in grants and donor monies to create innovative programming, unique district partnerships, and scholarships for students. ULV is a Hispanic Serving Institution, serving approximately 50% Latinx students and about 60% first-generation students. With more than 25 years of experience in urban education and teacher development, Dr. White-Smith is the intellectual force behind endeavors that foster academic justice for minoritized students through enhanced educational environments, organizational structures, policies, and teaching practices. She has authored articles, books, and book chapters on diversity, inclusivity, and leadership, such as, “That’s why I say stay in school”: Black Mothers’ Parental Involvement, Cultural Wealth, and Exclusion in their Sons Schooling, co-authored with Dr. Quaylan Allen. Her current book is Through the fire: From intake to credential, teacher candidates share their experiences through narrative, co-authored by Hayes, Fashing-Varner & Eisworth. It explores how teacher educators can better prepare teachers against a backdrop of historical schooling inequalities. Dr. White-Smith engages the national conversation on teacher education through critical positions. She is Vice-president of the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) and Member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and WestEd, a non-profit research lab that generates over $167M to study and transform education in the US.