Richard Lofton, Jr., PhD, is an assistant professor of education at the Center for Social Organization of Schools and Johns Hopkins University School of Education, is co-principal investigator for the national evaluation of the Student Success Mentor Initiative, which is funded by the Arnold Foundation. The initiative aims to reduce chronic absenteeism, develop caring relationships within schools and increase successful outcomes for students. His research explores the Black habitus of African American students and parents and the impact of concentrated poverty on homes, schools and communities.
His research examines the importance of uncovering systemic inequalities, illuminating agency and developing meaningful relationships with students and their parents for academic success.
In 2015, during a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, Dr. Lofton went into some of the most marginalized and under-resourced communities in Baltimore to begin building relationships and providing support, with the intention of lending his talents and expertise to the organizations and people on the ground working to create change, while developing a strategy of promise for youth and families of color.
As an extension of his ongoing work and after the 2019 Schools, Prison, and Concentrated Poverty Symposium at the JHU School of Education, organized by Dr. Lofton and his team, he is now setting out to reconnect with Baltimore’s youth and their parents through his “Nobody Asked Me” campaign. By centering the voices and experiences of young people and their families, through virtual interviews, this project seeks to learn more about the everyday interactions and experiences of Baltimore City’s young people and their families.
Dr. Lofton holds a B.A. in Communications from San Jose State University, a M.S. in Communications from University of Utah, a MPhil from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the Teachers College at Columbia University.
Visit Dr. Lofton’s bio and project at the Everyone Graduates Center: http://new.every1graduates.org/richard-lofton-jr/