Mauriell H. Amechi, Ph.D.
Social Scientist, Professor, and Consultant in Chicago, IL
Dr. Mauriell Amechi is a social scientist, professor, keynote speaker, consultant, and fierce advocate committed to educational equity, particularly improving postsecondary education outcomes and opportunities for marginalized learners. Before joining the University of Illinois, Professor Amechi served on the faculty at Old Dominion University and the University of Redlands, producing policy-relevant research and teaching classes in higher education/student affairs administration. He is also the Founder of Foster Youth Empowered, which provides technical services to organizations, and a board member at Foster Progress, a non-profit advocacy organization committed to removing college enrollment and success barriers. Amechi's scholarship centers on higher education policy and research, emphasizing educational equity, access, diversity, social justice, and student success. His early research seeks to influence public policy and practice by documenting the experiences and educational trajectories of youth and young adults aging out of foster care systems, emphasizing the resiliency they exhibit to overcome adversity.
Dr. Amechi's peer-reviewed journal publications appear in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Journal of African American Males in Education, and the Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (JFYSIT), to name a few. His public scholarship has been featured in venues such as The Education Trust and Third Way. In addition to serving on editorial boards for JFYESIT and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, he remains active in professional associations, namely the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, NASPA, and ACPA. Dr. Amechi is also affiliate faculty at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Visiting Scholar at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Born and raised in Chicago, the West Side native is a proud alumnus of Chicago Public Schools. He earned his B.A. with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.A. from Ohio State University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
He enjoys travel, music, sports, cycling, mentoring, and performing arts in his free time.