Benefits of Teacher Diversity

Leading for Transformative Change


  • Carlos Nevarez California State University, Sacramento
  • Sarah Jouganatos California State University, Sacramento
  • J. Luke Wood San Diego State University



teacher diversity, student success, educational leadership


This essay articulates the benefits of teacher diversity by illustrating six themes: a) leading for social justice through local and global civic engagement; b) developing an inclusive school culture; c) culturally relevant pedagogy; d) cultural translators and transformers; e) role models; and (f) benefits accrued by White students. The authors draw from evidence in supporting arguments surrounding the benefits accrued when teacher diversity reflects the demographics of students served and the role educational leaders can play in advancing efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty pool. They challenge readers to consider the benefits accrued when deliberate efforts to increase teacher diversity are made in light of advancing student academic success.


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Author Biographies

Carlos Nevarez, California State University, Sacramento

Carlos Nevarez, Ph.D., received his doctorate from Arizona State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He is the Chair of Graduate & Professional Studies in Education and Professor with the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University; Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Eureka Hall 401, Sacramento, California 95819-6079; His current line of research includes studying the role of community college leaders' play in advancing student success.

Sarah Jouganatos, California State University, Sacramento

Sarah Jouganatos, Ed.D., received her doctorate from Sacramento State where she currently serves as an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; 6000 J Street, Eureka Hall 401, Sacramento, California 95819- 6079; Her current areas of research include leadership practice, diversity, equity, instructional best practices, and underserved students.

J. Luke Wood, San Diego State University

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University. He is the Distinguished Professor of Education and Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at San Diego State University; 500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182, Manchester Hall Room 3310Y (MH-3310Y), Mail Code: 8010; Dr. Wood's research focuses on factors affecting the success of boys and men of color education, with a specific focus on community colleges.






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