Rushika Patel, Ph.D
Dr. Patel joined the University of Michigan-Flint campus in 2013 as Director of the Women’s Educational Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), an MA in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMASS), and BA in Sociology, Psychology and Secondary English Literature Education from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Dr. Patel’s dissertation research and publications contend centrally with ethical and political questions related to the persistence of racial inequality in US higher education.
Dr. Patel has worked domestically and internationally in the education sector for over 15 years. Her professional interests are deeply rooted in a 21st century vision for social justice and the practice of critical pedagogy. She is committed to projects that transform educational institutions by harnessing the generative and innovative potential of diversity and inclusion on the one hand, and removing barriers to educational access for low-income and identity-based groups on the other.