Office Hours with John Gardner featuring Steve Desir

Episode 66- Equity in the Graduate Student Experience

Office Hours with John Gardner

Steve Desir focuses on racial equity and the hardships of Graduate students, especially those who are a part of minority groups. He strives to balance the focus, opportunities, and experience between undergraduate and graduate students.

Guest Bio

Steve Desir is an Assistant Research Professor in the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. His research interests include racial equity in college admissions, organizational change, and the use of theory-based psychological interventions to facilitate behavioral change. More specifically, Steve is interested in whether insights from social psychology, sociology, and behavioral economics can be used to improve educational experiences for minoritized groups. Steve earned his doctoral degree in Higher Education from USC, and a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard. Prior to his studies at USC and HGSE, Steve completed his master’s degree in secondary education from NYU, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science at Penn State. Steve is a native New Yorker, and in his spare time enjoys running, Muay-Thai kickboxing, and attending concerts.

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