Jalisia Taylor-Singleton, a new graduate student in Brown’s master's program in Urban Education Policy, was named the 2017 winner of the Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholarship, a full-tuition award.
The Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University established the permanent annual scholarship in 2012 for a UEP student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to education equity and social justice.
Taylor-Singleton is from Stone Mountain, Georgia and graduated in 2014 from Vanderbilt with a B.A. in Sociology and Communication Studies. After graduation, she taught middle school science social studies with Teach for America in Metro Atlanta. Outside of the classroom, served as the chair of the school governance council and the Talented and Gifted department chair, coached the debate team, sponsored a spoken word student group, and organized the school's black history month events. She also served on the Regional Strategy Team of ONE Atlanta, a community organizing group focused on educational equity in the metro Atlanta area.