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Sherica Jones-Lewis

Director of Community Research

Sherica has worked to serve the Charlottesville/Albemarle community for over 15 years. After completing her bachelors and master's degrees at the University of Mary Washington, she went on to receive an Education Specialist degree and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. Before joining the Equity Center, Sherica served as the assistant principal at a middle school in Albemarle County. Her professional focus has been on eradicating the academic achievement gap that exists between traditionally favored and traditionally marginalized groups of people. Her research focuses on comprehensive education as a means to motivating learning, and she has given numerous presentations on achievement and cultural responsivity. Sherica works collaboratively with the Residents for Respectful Research on mutually beneficial community led research. Specifically, she was critical in the program evaluation of the COVID 19 Wraparound Services model that sought to provide support for marginalized families who had been impacted by the virus. Currently, she manages the current cohort of Community Fellows who are engaged in local work to address systemic racial and socio-economic inequality. In the Equity Center, her role is designed to be a bridge between equitable research and practice.