Mica Pollock, an anthropologist and design researcher, is Professor of Education Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of California, San Diego. As CREATE Director, Pollock works with colleagues to network UCSD's people, resources and opportunities to the diverse K-12 educators, students, and families of the San Diego region, with the particular goal of supporting low-income, underrepresented students toward college and rewarding careers.
Pollock’s own research explores how diverse communities can come together in student support efforts. In multiple projects based in schools, districts, cities, community organizations, and the government, Pollock has asked how people might communicate so they can work together to support every young person’s talent development. Schooltalk compiles her 20 years of work on this issue. Her current work also explores how to leverage a university as a hub for sharing opportunities to learn in a diverse community.
Pollock’s first book, Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School (winner of the 2005 AERA Outstanding Book Award), helped readers navigate six core U.S. struggles over talking (and not talking) in racial terms in schools. Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools (2008) examined the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights as the background for common debates over improving the everyday school experiences of students and families of color. In Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School (2008), Pollock organized 70 scholars to write short essays supporting teachers to consider everyday issues of race, opportunity and diversity in their work. Winner of a 2008 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center, “EAR” is being used to spark educator inquiry in schools and districts across the country. Pollock also co-edited A Companion to the Anthropology of Education (2012), a comprehensive reference volume on the anthropology of education subfield. In 2009-11, Pollock collaborated with educators, families, young people, and programmers in The OneVille Project in Somerville, MA, a participatory design research project piloting new ways that commonplace technology might help people in a diverse education community to communicate and collaborate in young people's success. All of these experiences, plus nearly two decades of working to support teachers, administrations and students in diverse settings, provide content for Pollock’s new book project, Schooltalk.
Most recently, Pollock, CREATE colleagues, and hundreds of campus and community partners have spearheaded the CREATE STEM Success Initiative (CSSI), a visionary collective effort linking UC San Diego faculty, staff and students and the San Diego education community in a shared effort to support K-20 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in the region. (see create.ucsd.edu). Core to the work? Conversations about creating and sharing necessary opportunities in a shared region!
Pollock previously taught high school in California and worked in the civil rights field. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford.
For a list of publications, including downloadable material, see https://ucsd.academia.edu/MicaPollock