Demetri L. Morgan, Ph.D.

Dr. Morgan is an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Program at Loyola University Chicago.  The Diverse Democracy and Higher Education Project is the outgrowth of his belief in quality educational experiences for all students and the critical need for an engaged and informed society. Demetri enjoys living in Chicago with his wife and daughter. He is an avid fan of the Florida Gators and Miami Heat. Dr. Morgan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He has a masters in education and student affairs from Indiana University, and a B. A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.

Norma López, Ed. M.

Prior to enrolling in the Higher Education Ph.D. program at Loyola, Norma worked for a college access nonprofit. Much of her work revolved around preparing students for college and so often the role of resilience in college success emerged as a dominant theme. Norma’s 17 years of college advising experience informed her leadership style in this role but she became intent on comprehensively investigating resilience factors. Her current research interests focus on how resilience is built in minoritized communities and what role educators can have in this process. Norma is originally from the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and graduated from Williams College with a BA in History and an Ed.M. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She balances being a full-time student and research assistant with being a mom to two amazing kids, ages 9 and 11, and wife to a wonderfully supportive husband.

Quortne Hutchings, M. Ed.

Quortne is a third year doctoral student in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. He previously served as a Program Coordinator for LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, & Ally) & Men's Initiatives in the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to working at Loyola, he worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a College Scholar Advisor for the PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Program for Learning Excellence) Program. His research primarily focuses on students of color and LGBTQIA experiences on college campuses, intersectionality, and student sexual identity development. Quortne earned his B.A. in African and African-American Studies from Pennsylvania State University and earned his M.Ed. in Education, Organization, and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.    

Kendrick Davis.  Ph.D.

Kendrick is the Vice President for Policy Research for the Campaign for College Opportunity in Los Angeles, CA. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Loyola University Chicago School of Education in Chicago, IL. Previously, he was an education policy advisor for Senator Kamala Harris in Washington, DC. through the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Congressional Fellowship Program. Prior to his work in D.C., Kendrick served in the mayoral administrations of Michael Nutter and Jim Kenney as the director of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives for the city of Philadelphia. Kendrick earned his Ph.D. in higher education and his master's degrees in law and robotics engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His bachelor's in mechanical engineering is from Temple University.