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Yvette Latunde

Yvette Latunde

Co-Director, Center for Educational Equity and Intercultural Research
Professor, Organizational Leadership

Office: (626) 214-5664
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Dr. Latunde is a Professor in the Organizational Leadership Program and Co-Director of the LaFetra College of Education Center for Educational Equity and Intercultural Research (CEEIR) at the University of La Verne. As she has navigated higher education and public schools, she found herself needing to engage in frequent self-care and purposeful interactions with diverse communities, in order to thrive. Thus she uses mindfulness, and applications of hospitality to lead, teach, mentor, consult, and coach.

Over the years she has published and presented locally and internationally on family, school, and community partnerships. Dr. Latunde is the author of Research in Parental Involvement: Methods and Strategies for Education and Psychology and numerous articles. She is a part of a team engaged in coaching school leaders on applications of mindfulness, and is the lead consultant for the African American Parent Advisory Academy, out of Riverside County Office of Education. Some of the work she is most proud of are the K-12 faith-based partnerships she has helped to develop and facilitate, to improve the ways in which schools engage with diverse families. She is also proud of the significant role she has played in the formation of African American Parent Councils throughout Southern and Central California.



  • Latunde, Y. (2017). Research in Parental Involvement: Methods and Strategies for Education and Psychology. New York, NY: Palgrave.

Other Refereed Publications

  •  Latunde, Y. (submitted). Meeting the intersectional needs of students: An  examination of evidenced-based practices to address challenging behaviors in urban  schools. Urban Education.
  • Latunde. Y. (accepted). Mission possible: A mother’s story. IV Press.
  • Louque, A.C., & Latunde, Y. (2019). Addressing inequities in African American student achievement: Using cultural proficiency and a dual capacity building framework. Frontier Education.
  • Latunde. Y. (2018). Expanding their opportunities to engage: A case of the African American Parent Council. Journal of Negro Education, 87(3), 270-283.
  • Latunde, Y. (2017). Welcoming Black families: What schools can learn from churches. Educational Leadership, 75(1).
  • Latunde, Y. (2017). The Role of Skills-based Interventions and Settings on the Engagement of Diverse Families. School Community Journal, 27(2).
  • Latunde, Y. (2016). Towards more inclusive schools: An application of hospitality in parental involvement. The International Christian Community for Teacher Education. 11(1).
  • Latunde, Y., & Louque, A. (2016). Untapped resources: Black parent engagement that contributes to learning. The Journal of Negro Education, 85(1), 72-81.
  • Latunde, Y. (2016). Collaboration: Helping teachers make faith connections in special education teacher education programs. In B. C. Nworie (Ed.), Faith Integration in Teacher Education. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishing.
  • Louque, A., & Latunde, Y. (2014). Supporting preservice teachers’ collaboration with school leaders. Journal of School Public Relations. 35(4), 494-510.
  • Louque, A., & Latunde, Y. (2014). Cultural capital in the village: The role Black families play in the education of children. The Journal of Multicultural Education. 8(3/4), 5-10.
  • Latunde, Y., & Louque, A. (2012). Investing in collaboration: Preservice special educators and their readiness for home-school collaboration. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research8, 78-82.
  • Latunde, Y. (2012). Review. [Review of the book School leadership for authentic family and community partnerships, by Susan Auerbach]. Education Review15. Retrieved from
  • Latunde, Y. (2011). Review. [Review of the book A practical guide to autism: What every parent, family member, and teacher needs to know, by F. Volkmar and L. A. Wiesner]. Education Review13. Retrieved from
  • Latunde, Y. (2009, August). Review. [Review of the book Your child’s strengths: Discover them, develop them, use them by J. Foxx]. Education Review. 
  • Latunde, Y. (2009). Answering the President’s call: Increasing diverse parental involvement in schools. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching and Research, 5, 21-26.
  • Nworie, B. C., Latunde, Y., & Goodwin, K. (2009). Response to intervention (RTI): Cultural and linguistic considerations for effective interventions. In B. C. Nworie (Ed.), Central issues in special education (pp. 135-144). San Francisco, CA: Pearson.

In Preparation

  • Latunde, Y. How COVID19 influenced Black women’s mothering, love, and work-life balance.
  • Latunde, Y. The impacts of COVID19 on high school seniors that identify as Black.
  • Latunde, Y. Leadership factors for women of color entrepreneurs.
  • Latunde, Y. A comparative analysis of Family engagement in the US and Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Latunde. Y. Educators’ perceptions of Challenging Behaviors.
  • Latunde, Y. Creating hospitable spaces for Black family engagement with school systems.

Additional Information

Research Interest

Inclusion, Transformation Leadership, Women in Leadership, Family, School, and Community Partnerships, and Diverse Family Engagement with School Systems