Estela Bensimon

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Race and diversity
  • Achievement gap
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Urban education

Estela Bensimon is a professor of higher education at the USC Rossier School of Education and the director of the Center for Urban Education, which she founded in 1999. With a singular focus on increasing racial 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. Since its founding, CUE has worked with thousands of college professionals — from presidents to faculty to academic counselors, helping them take steps in their daily work to reverse the impact of the historical and structural disadvantages that prevent many students of color from excelling in higher education. Bensimon was associate dean of the USC Rossier School of Education from 1996-2000 and was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico in 2002. She earned her doctorate in higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University.