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Iheoma U. Iruka

Iheoma U. Iruka

Iheoma U. Iruka

Founding Director, Equity Research Action Coalition
Faculty Fellow
Spangler, Room 241

Academic Affiliation 

Research Professor
Department of Public Policy


Applied Developmental Psychology,
University of Miami
Applied Developmental Psychology,
University of Miami
Boston University
Developmental Psychology,
Temple University

Area(s) of Work

Biographical Statement 

Iheoma U. Iruka (pronounced EE-OMAH EE-ROO-KAH), PhD, is a Research Professor in the Department of Public Policy, a Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and the Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at FPG (the Coalition). She is leading projects and initiatives focused on ensuring that minoritized children and children from low-income households, especially Black children, are thriving. Her work is focused on ensuring excellence for young diverse learners, especially Black children and their families, through the intersection of anti-bias, anti-racist, culturally grounded research, program, and policy. Some areas of focus include family engagement and support, quality rating and improvement systems, and early care and education system and programs. She serves and has served on numerous national and local boards and committees, including the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs, Brady Education Foundation, and Trust for Learning. She is also the author of the book We Are the Change We Seek.