Jada Phelps Moultrie, an assistant professor in Educational Leadership and Policy at PSU and recent graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), has been selected by Ebony magazine as an Ebony Power 100 Honoree. The Ebony Power 100 celebrates the world’s most inspiring African Americans from various sectors as standout achievers in their respective fields. This year’s list includes some very familiar names, such as Michael Jordon, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, and the Obamas, as well as seven of Moultrie’s classmates.
Moultrie is part of the “Great Eight,” a group of eight Black women who graduated with their PhDs from the School of Education at IUPUI at the same time—a first in the school’s history. Moreover, like many traditionally white institutions (TWI), it’s a rare occurrence. “To graduate eight African American females from one school is a big doggone deal,” said Robin Hughes, interim executive associate dean of the School of Education at IUPUI. “And not just for IU, but across the country, that just doesn’t happen.” The women formed their own unique support group that helped them overcome obstacles, which they agree was a vital component to their success.
Moultrie, who was hired at PSU this fall 2016, has published and presented on the role racism plays in Black education, specifically as it concerns Black families, but she also focuses on increasing the pipeline of graduate students of color seeking terminal degrees. During her graduate school experience, Moultrie served on two national organizations focused on graduate students extending to students of color, namely as a member of the Graduate Student Council of the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) from 2013 to 2016 and a campus liaison for SIG-G of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Moultrie hopes to continue her efforts at both the campus level and the national level at PSU.
The Ebony Power 100 honorees are featured in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Ebony magazine and attended the Power 100 Gala on December 1 in Los Angeles, California.