University of Southern California Rossier School of Education
Estela Mara Bensimon is a professor of higher education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and director of the Center for Urban Education, which she founded in 1999. To increase equity in higher education outcomes for students of color, she developed the Equity Scorecard, a process for using inquiry to drive changes in institutional practice and culture. Bensimon has published extensively about equity, organizational learning, practitioner inquiry and change. She is co-author or co-editor of the books “Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education,” “Engaging the Race Question: Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education,” and “Confronting Equity Issues on Campus: Implementing the Equity Scorecard in Theory and Practice.” She was inducted as an American Education Research Association fellow in 2011 and received the Association for the Study of Higher Education Research Achievement Award in 2013. She is also a recipient of the USC Mellon Mentoring Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. She has a doctorate in higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University.