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Amir Whitaker

Research Associate

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Amir Whitaker is a researcher with the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, an initiative at the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. He has worked as a civil rights lawyer in Florida and Alabama to expand the educational rights of tens of thousands of students. He has authored publications highlighting educational inequalities, and filed federal civil rights complaints on behalf of marginalized students. Amir’s trainings have provided continuing education credits to teachers, counselors, school psychologists, lawyers, and other professionals. He has trained entire school districts on educational equity and school discipline.

Over the past ten years as an educator, Amir has worked in different settings from South Los Angeles to South Africa, and has taught grade levels ranging from kindergarten to college. He has held teaching credentials in California, Florida, and New Jersey. During his adolescence, Amir was expelled from school, arrested, and lived in a dozen different settings. This inspired Amir to start the nonprofit Project KnuckleHead to inspire vulnerable youth to reach their potential for greatness. Since 2012, Project KnuckleHead’s prevention and intervention programs have served thousands of students across the country.

Amir received his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, law degree from the University of Miami, and bachelors from Rutgers University.

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