Having Our Say: Examining Career Trajectories of Black Male Educators in P-12 Education

The University brings together the voices of Black male educators to discuss potential solutions to the P-12 leaky classroom pipeline.

Students of color comprise more than half of U.S. classroom populations, yet Black males make up just two percent of the teacher workforce.*   On Sept. 20, University of Phoenix, in association with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY), will host a roundtable discussion on attracting and retaining Black males in the P-12 education workforce.

Moderated by Education Post, the roundtable will bring together the voices of University researchers, NNSTOY fellows and Black male educators from local school districts to present the findings from a University-led white paper, entitled, “Having Our Say: Examining Career Trajectories of Black Male Educators in P-12 Education.” The panel will discuss potential solutions to improve students’ cultural and academic edification through diversifying the teaching profession. 



  • 4-4:45 Registration period with light refreshments and networking time

  • 4:45-4:50 p.m. Welcome by John Ramirez, Dean of Operations, College of Doctoral Studies

  • 4:50-5 p.m. Opening remarks from Dr. Kimberly Underwood, lead author of the paper

  • 5-5:45 p.m. Panel discussion moderated by Lane Wright, Director of Partnerships at Education Post

  • 5:45 p.m. Q&A

The panel will include:


Dr. Kimberly Underwood, University of Phoenix research chair for the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR)


Dr. Medgar Roberts, Senior Fellow in the UOPX Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research and 2018-19 NNSTOY Outstanding Black Male Educators Fellow

Dr. Cliff Moon, Director of the AZ Multicultural Education Conference and Director of diversity and inclusion at Tempe Union High School District


Dr. Kevin Mendivil, Superintendent to Tempe Union High School District


Kareem Neal, Special Education Teacher at Maryvale High School and 2019 Arizona State Teacher of the Year


Dr. Eddie Moore, Founder/Program Director, The White Privilege Conference