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Eddie R. Cole, Ph.D., is associate professor of higher education and organizational change at UCLA, and the author of The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom (Princeton University Press, 2020). Professor Cole joined UCLA in the fall of 2020 and was previously at William & Mary in Virginia.
Dr. Cole’s research focuses on college presidents’ historic role in shaping racial policies and practices both inside and outside of the educational sphere. As a scholar of higher education history, his finesse in using extensive, historical materials to address contemporary racial issues in higher education demonstrates the role of higher education in influencing all aspects of American life. Dr. Cole’s scholarship and public writing has also been featured in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chronicle of Higher Education. He has also appeared on BBC World News and C-Span.To read more about Professor Cole, click here.
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De Anna Pittman in front of Al Prentice (Bunchy) Carter grave site, Compton, CA.
De Anna Mariah Pittman is a daughter of a Mexican American mother and an African American father. De Anna parents are migrants from Leon, Guanajuato and Prentiss, Mississippi. De Anna as born and raised in Compton, CA. After attending community college, DeAnna to transferred to UC Santa Cruz--one of four UC's she was accepted to. During her first quarter at UC Santa Cruz, De Anna took a course on community activism that made her aware of the forces that were threatening the community that made her aware and worried about gentrification. She transferred to UCLA to be closer to hime and study while also organizing against gentrification, displacement, and evictions.
De Anna is studying Political Science and African American Studies at UCLA. Since coming to UCLA, De Anna has worked for a tenants rights non-profit based in South Central. De Anna's is a founding member of the Compton Tenants Union. Since the pandemic began, they have supported tenants facing evictions, illegal lockouts, and harassment from landlords.