Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an author and social justice scholar with more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice. Dr. Morris is the author of the book, Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), the novel, Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012); and co-writer of Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story with Kemba Smith (IBJ Book Publishers, 2011). She has written dozens of articles, book chapters, and other publications on social justice issues and lectured widely on research, policies, and practices associated with improving juvenile justice, educational, and socioeconomic conditions for Black girls, women, and their families. Dr. Morris is a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow; Co-Founder of The National Black Women’s Justice Institute; and Faculty at St. Mary’s College of California and the California State University at Sacramento. She is the former Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the former Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School. Dr. Morris has also worked in partnership with and served as a consultant for state and county agencies, national academic and research institutions, and communities throughout the nation to develop comprehensive approaches and training curricula to eliminate racial/ethnic and gender disparities in the justice system. Her work in this area has informed the development and implementation of improved culturally competent and gender-responsive continua of services for youth. Dr. Morris’ research intersects race, gender, education and justice to explore the ways in which Black communities are uniquely affected by social policies. Among other publications, Dr. Morris is the author of Educating the Caged Bird: Black Girls and the Juvenile Court School (Poverty & Race, PRRAC, 2013) and Race, Gender and the School to Prison Pipeline: Expanding Our Discussion to Include Black Girls (African American Policy Forum, 2012). Her 2008 study, A Higher Hurdle: Barriers to Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Women (UC Berkeley School of Law), which is one of the first testing studies to examine the impact of a criminal record or period of incarceration on the employment outcomes of women, was referenced in a special report commissioned by Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL). Dr. Morris is also the principal author of Working with Dignity: Removing Barriers to Employment (NAACP, 2011), Countering Discrimination in Mortgage Lending in America: An NAACP Guide for Fair Lending, and provided editorial support for the NAACP report, Misplaced Priorities: Over Incarcerate, Under Educate. She is the principal author of the NAACP’s 2009 white paper, Year One: Toward Safe Communities, Good Schools, and a Fair Chance for All Americans, which was featured in the New York Times. Her paper, Discrimination and Lending in America: A Summary of the Disparate Impact of Subprime Lending on African Americans (NAACP, 2009), was featured during Congressman Al Green’s (D-TX) brain trust at the 2009 Congressional Black Caucus and was the focus of her presentation to the National Conference of Black Mayor’s 35th Annual Convention. Dr. Morris is a member of the Girls and Gangs Advisory Council for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, a member of the OJJDP National Girls Institute Expert Panel, and a member of the California Board of State and Community Corrections’ Committee on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparity. She is also an advisory board member of Global Girl Media, Oakland.