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Jefferson, Antwan

Antwan Jefferson

Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Associate Professor, CTT
  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address:antwan.jefferson@ucdenver.edu

Mailing Address:
  • CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Denver, CO 80204

Antwan Jefferson is a Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. In his work, Antwan teaches in the Human Development and Family Relations program and the Urban and Diverse Communities concentration of the Leadership for Educational Equity doctorate (EdD) program. His teaching emphasizes interrogating race, class, and gender arrangements; achieving social justice; increasing an asset-based emphasis on diverse families; and supporting stronger and deeper community engagement in the schooling education of students through the pre-service training of helping professionals and teachers. His research agenda considers the ways that family and community members experience schools and organizations in their communities, including the implications of space, voice, and power in decision-making and not-for-profit organizations and schools. Antwan also is the faculty liaison for community-based partnerships in the SEHD’s Office of Partnerships. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from CU-Denver in 2013, following completion of a dissertation entitled “(Un)Invited Families: Locating the Institutional Power of School at Work Against the Involvement of Families.”

Areas of Expertise

  • Family and community engagement in public education
  • Creative and partnered scholarship in community-based education
  • Race, class, and gender equity in public schooling

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA): Bachelor of Art, English, 1999
  • Brown University (Providence, RI): Master of Art, Teaching (Emphasis: Secondary English Education), 2000
  • University of Colorado Denver (Denver, CO): Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership and Innovation, 2013



  • CU Denver Chancellor's Urban Engaged Scholars (2019)

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