Mauriell H. Amechi

Visiting Assistant Professor
School of Education

Mauriell Amechi


Department of Leadership and Higher Education


North University Hall
Room 114
P: 909.748.6288


My background as an inner-city Chicago native who transversed under-resourced K-12 public schools in economically disadvantaged communities has influenced not only my drive to improve the educational outcomes and opportunities for historically marginalized learners but also my commitment to equity issues.

Areas of Expertise/Academic Interests

Higher Education and Student Affairs


Research and Professional Background Highlights

My research agenda, pedagogy, and advocacy center on issues of educational equity, college access and readiness, and student success, with a particular focus on the postsecondary pathways and experiences of underserved youth/alumni of foster care. The second strand of my research explores institutional efforts to cultivate diverse and inclusive learning communities for racially marginalized students in the health science and STEM fields. My solo and co-authored publications appear in the Review of Higher Education, Journal of African American Males in Education, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and the edited volume, Advancing Black male student success from preschool through Ph.D.

Degrees Held/ Licensures

Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University

B.A. Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Amechi, M. H. (2016). “There’s no autonomy”: Narratives of self-authorship from Black male foster youth in higher education. Journal of African American Males in Education, 7, 18-35. [The acceptance rate is 23%]

Charleston, L. J., George, P. L., Jackson, J. F. L., Berhanu, J., Amechi, M. H. (2014). Navigating underrepresented STEM spaces: Experiences of Black women in U.S. computing science higher education programs who actualize success. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 7, 166-176. [Journal impact score: 0.829]

Book Chapters

Amechi, M. H., Berhanu, J., Cox, J. M., McGuire, K. M., Morgan, D. L., Williams, C. D., & Williams, M. S. (2015). Understanding the unique needs and experiences of Black male subgroups at four-year colleges and universities. In S. R. Harper & J. L. Wood (Eds.), Advancing Black male student success from preschool through Ph.D. (pp. 118-146). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Book Reviews

Amechi, M. H. & Estera, A. (2017, March 20). [Review of the book Student engagement in higher education: Theoretical perspectives and practical approaches for diverse student populations, by S. J. Quaye & S. R. Harper (Eds.)]. The Review of Higher Education, 40, 473-475.

Professional Affiliations/Professional Societies/Community Memberships

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

ACPA–College Student Educators International (ACPA)

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)



2017-18 National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition: Paul P. Fidler Research Grant

2016 ACPA–College Student Educators International Foundation Research Grant

2012 National Association for Campus Activities Research Grant


2016-17 Advanced Opportunity Fellowship

2015 The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

2015 AERA Division J Emerging Scholar, Preconference Workshop

2013-14 Advanced Opportunity Fellowship

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