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Josh Wallace

Crew Scholars Staff Director

Josh serves as the Academic Success & Retention Specialist at Drake University. He comes to Drake from the University of Missouri–Kansas City where he receieved his M.Ed in Educational Administration. Josh research interests include black student retention, mascuilinity, males of color in education and black mobility. Josh is also current member of the Des Moines NAACP Education Committee as well as the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE). In addition to being a member, Josh also presented at the 2019 AABHE Conference were he talked about the Crew Scholars program and issues pertinent to black student success. His presentation title Building a CREW: Improving Black Student Retention, has also been presented on Drake's campus.

Jennifer Harvey

Crew Scholars Faculty Director

Jennifer Harvey is Professor of Religion at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Christian Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. The courses Prof. Harvey teaches run the gamut in relation to her research interests.  Broadly speaking, they focus on encounters of religion and ethics with race, gender, activism, politics, spirituality, justice, and any other aspect of social life in which religiosity decides to "show up."

Dr. Harvey's most recent books include Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America (Abingdon Press) and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation (Wm. B. Eerdmans). She has contributed to the New York Times, CNN and been a guest on both Iowa and National Public Radio (including NPR’s “It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders”) and is a widely sought after public speaker.

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