Statement in Support of Diverse and International Scholars and Those Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jul 31, 2020

The National Academy of Education (NAEd) and the Spencer Foundation are committed to supporting education researchers from diverse backgrounds as well as those whose work has been affected by COVID-19.

Through our joint fellowship programs, we are proud to work with scholars from around the world whose research advances education both within the United States and across the globe. These researchers enrich our fellowship programs, and the NAEd and the Spencer Foundation are strongly committed to encouraging the free flow of scholars and of ideas across the world, without regard to restriction by national origin, country of citizenship, language, race and ethnicity, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and (dis)ability status. We commit to upholding inclusion and to ensuring the continued success of scholars from around the world in promoting education research and ultimately the advancement of public education. The NAEd and the Spencer Foundation are also committed to ensuring the continued success of researchers who could be affected by the President’s executive orders on immigration and other travel restrictions.

In addition, we recognize that each of our situations has changed due to COVID-19, and we are committed to working with our fellows as their research evolves as a result.


Gloria Ladson-Billings
President, National Academy of Education

Na’ilah Suad Nasir
President, Spencer Foundation

Pamela Grossman
Chair, Spencer Foundation Board of Directors


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