TandemED Initiative for Black Male Achievement and Community Improvement

The TandemED Initiative for Black Male Achievement and Community Improvement stands as both a local and national initiative focused on scholarly excellence in promoting research, practice, and policy that create pathways to success for Black men and boys (e.g., education, social science, government, business, and public health) and their communities (i.e., ethnic, racial, cultural, socioeconomic). The TandemED Initiative for Black Male Achievement and Community Improvement will merge the talents of junior and senior investigators, along with practitioners and policy-makers across departments, disciplines, centers, colleges, universities, and social institutions and will serve as a clearinghouse for disseminating research findings and for promoting actionable results. The Initiative will seek involvement and investment from those committed to asset-based interdisciplinary research and practice on creating pathways to success for Black men and boys, and committed to working at the nexus of practice, policy, and research.

Dorian O. Burton, Co-Director

Dorian Burton is the Co-Director of The TandemED Initiative for Black Male Achievement and Community Improvement and currently the Wasserman Foundation Fellow in the Doctor of Education Leadership Program at Harvard University.  Prior to Harvard, Dorian worked as an independent consultant with various non-profits and school districts between Harlem, NY; Houston, TX; and Newark, NJ. In his role as a consultant, Dorian worked to provide strategic support to Newark Public School principals in the launch of their Renew School Turnaround initiative. He also worked in a special projects role to develop external partnerships for the Harlem Children’s Zone College Success Office. Dorian started his professional career working for the National Football League and has since served as the founding Program Director of the Education Pioneers Houston Office, the Houston Director of Stand for Children, and the Chief Strategy Officer for TandemED. In addition to his current doctoral studies at Harvard, Dorian holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Penn State University, where he also was a member of the varsity football team. 

 

Brian C.B. Barnes Co-Director

Brian C.B. Barnes is the Co-Director of The TandemED Initiative for Black Male Achievement and Community Improvement and currently the Lou Varsames Fellow in the Doctor of Education Leadership Program at Harvard University. He has spent his professional and academic career working to improve the outcomes for youth in urban public schools and neighborhoods. His professional experience in the Boston Public Schools includes teaching middle school mathematics, serving as the academy leader of a small pilot middle school, and launching and coordinating the district-wide schools and faith-based institutions partnerships initiative under the appointment of the Superintendent. Brian is also an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal church, where he has served as a Youth Pastor supporting the spiritual, social-emotional, and educational development of urban youth. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Morehouse College, a Master of Education from Harvard University, and a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. Brian is married to Keishana Barnes, and is the father of a 3 year-old son Camden and a 1 year old daughter Carrigan.

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