Cheryl D. Ching is a Postdoctoral Scholar at CUE. The overarching question that motivates her research is: “How do institutions of higher education—defined broadly to include colleges, intermediary organizations, and policy agencies—confront and wrestle with educational equity?” Specifically, she examines the role of institutional actors, the influence of organizational conditions, and the design of policies in advancing and/or constraining equity, particularly for low-income, racially minoritized students. Her dissertation on how a community college in California makes sense of and enacts equity was awarded the 2017 Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Cheryl previously served as a program officer at The Teagle Foundation, where she managed a college access initiative for low-income students attending New York City public schools. At Teagle, she also worked on grant-making programs that supported faculty-led projects to improve undergraduate education at four-year institutions. Cheryl received her Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy with an emphasis in higher education at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. She holds a M.A. in humanities and social thought from New York University, and a B.A. in English literature from Wellesley College.