Dr. LaVar J. Charleston is the Assistant Director and a Senior Research Associate at Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. In his role with the Wei LAB, Dr. Charleston oversees the lab’s research operations, while managing a team of junior research associates. Dr. Charleston also teaches in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education. His research focuses on the educational and career trajectories of underrepresented populations into highly technological domains, advanced degree completion among underutilized groups and their navigation through higher education systems, and efforts to broaden participation for underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in higher education and the scientific workforce. Dr. Charleston has served as the associate editor for the Annuals of The Next Generation journal and as the assistant director for development and marketing at the Center for African American Research and Policy (CAARP). Dr. Charleston currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of African American Males in Education (JAAME), and was previously a member of JAAME’s review board.
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