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Melanie Jones Awarded UC-ACCORD Dissertation Grant

Melanie Jones was awarded a UC ACCORD Dissertation Fellowship in the amount of $20,000 to support work on her dissertation, "Educational Advantages: Race, Class, and Teacher-Student Relationships."

UC ACCORD (All Campus  Consortium on Research for Diversity) is an interdisciplinary, multi-campus research center devoted to a more equitable distribution of educational resources and opportunities in California's diverse public schools and universities. The dissertation award is open to all graduate students in the University of California system and is highly competitive.

In her dissertation, Jones uses ethnographic methods, interviews, and observations at a public high school in California with a substantial African American population and diversity in social class to examine how race and social class shape relationships between African American students and their teachers. She also investigates how teacher-student relationships help students gain increased support in planning course schedules and preparing for higher education. In doing so, Jones will highlight the specific roles teachers play in reinforcing or moderating the relationship between social class and preparation for college among African American students.