The People We Serve

One of CUE’s central areas of focus is our people.  While this does include our Center’s faculty, staff and students, it more broadly encompasses our local community (families, organizations, institutions in the public and private sectors in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region); our school communities nationally (students, parents, teachers and administrators); and our colleagues in the scholarly community (university faculty members, authors, researchers and other collaborators).

The Center for Urban Education seeks to serve, educate and include all of these people to promote growth, well being and equity in schools across the country.  We are repeatedly reminded that above all, our work is driven by the desire to provide all students with fortifying, high-quality educational experiences, helping to pave their way toward a successful future.

One of CUE’s central areas of focus is our people. Although this includes our Center’s faculty, staff and students, it more broadly encompasses our:

  • local community (families, organizations, institutions in the public and private sectors in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region)
  • school communities nationally (students, parents, teachers and administrators)
  • colleagues in the scholarly community (professors, authors, researchers and other collaborators)

The CUE Team

Executive Director

T. Elon Dancy, PhD

TEDANCY@pitt.edu

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Associate Director of Research and Development

Dana Thompson Dorsey, JD, PhD

dtdorsey@pitt.edu

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Assistant Professor

Lori Delale-O’Connor, PhD

loridoc@pitt.edu

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Jason Méndez, PhD

jmendez@pitt.edu

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Ready to Learn Program Manager

Cassandra Brentley

Cassandrabrentley@pitt.edu

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Center Administrator

Sueño Viveros

SUV17@pitt.edu

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Heinz Fellow Project Director

Shallegra Moye

SDM76@pitt.edu

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Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, School of Education

Cassia Crogan

c.crogan@pitt.edu

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K. Leroy Irvis Fellow, School of Education

DaVonna Graham

dlg76@pitt.edu

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Dean's Scholar, School of Education

Jawanza K. Rand

jkr29@pitt.edu

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K. Leroy Irvis Fellow, Office of the Dean

Nikki Cristobal

ncristobal@pitt.edu

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Graduate Research Assistant

Christy McGuire

CLM191@pitt.edu

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Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement

Lina Dostilio

ldd20@pitt.edu

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