Dean, LaFetra College of Education
Dr. Kimberly A. White-Smith is Professor of Education and Dean at the University of La Verne’s LaFetra College of Education, which houses more than $10 million in grants and donor monies to create innovative programming and scholarships for students. She is the intellectual force behind a number of scholarly endeavors that foster academic justice for traditionally underserved students through enhanced educational environments, policies, and teaching strategies. She has authored articles and book chapters on diversity, inclusivity, and leadership, such as, “The Struggle for Identity in a Teacher Community,” in Etta R. Hollins’ latest book, Learning to Teach in Urban Schools and “That’s why I say stay in school”: Black Mothers’ Parental Involvement, Cultural Wealth and Exclusion in their Sons Schooling and “Just as bad as prisons”: The challenge of dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline through teacher and community education, co-authored with Quaylan Allen in Urban Education and Equity and Excellence in Education. She is part of the national conversation on Teacher Education through her leadership positions such as Program Chair of Division K, Teaching and Teacher Education (2013-2016) and member of Program Committee, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.