Newsmaker: Ira E. Murray |

Newsmaker: Ira E. Murray

University of Pittsburgh doctoral student and graduate fellow Ira E. Murray won this year’s Doctoral Student Paper Award from the Center on Race and Social Problems.

Noteworthy: Murray’s paper, “‘Not as Much as It Should Be’: How Community-Based Outside of School Time Programs Attend to Black Male Sociopolitical Development” is receiving this year’s Doctoral Student Paper Award from the Center on Race and Social Problems. His research focuses on outside-of-school experiences of youth in urban contexts that contribute to their social, political, and educational development, examining how youth can become important participants in democratic processes and institutional change.

Age: 36

Residence: Franklin Park

Family: Wife, Tracy, dog Rondo

Occupation: K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education; graduate research and teaching associate at the Center for Urban Education.

Education: Murray holds a Master of Education in Human, Organizational, and Community Development from the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University.

Quote: “We see youth becoming more engaged in issues such as police brutality and campus racism. We need to recapture the inclusion of youth as partners in addressing and overcoming social inequities and inequalities.”

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