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Dr. Rosa L. Rivera-McCutchen is a Professor of Leadership Studies at CUNY Lehman College, a Hispanic Serving Institution in the Bronx, where she also serves as the coordinator of School and District Leader certification programs. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the Urban Education PhD Program at CUNY Graduate Center. A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Rivera-McCutchen’s research, teaching, and activism are informed by her experiences as an educator and student in NYC public schools, and center on achieving racial equity through radical care practices.  


An educator for over twenty years, she began her career as a high school teacher in the Bronx, before earning her doctorate in Teaching and Learning at New York University. Her research has appeared in highly respected academic journals, including Educational Administration Quarterly, Urban Education, The Urban Review, Journal of School Leadership, and Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, and in an edited book entitled Critical Small Schools: Beyond Privatization in New York City Urban Educational Reform. Her book, Radical Care: Leading for Justice in Urban Schools, was published by Teachers College Press in 2021. 

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