Teachers College, Columbia University

Akilah H. Thompson, Research Assistant

Akilah Thompson is a research assistant at CCRC where she assists on projects related to the upward mobility of underrepresented postsecondary students and how educational technology and strategic instruction can aid in transferable skill development.

Thompson earned a BA in education studies from New York University and an AA in general studies from Suffolk County Community College (SCCC). She spent one year at SCCC and two years at NYU, leveraging an early college program at her Long Island high school to earn transferable credits toward her AA at SCCC starting in 11th grade. Doing so allowed her to decrease her time to degree after high school. 

Based on her own life experiences, Thompson is driven to make students in high school and community college aware of the opportunities they have to promote their own success. Thompson is committed to researching and addressing historically racist systemic inequities that make it difficult for people of color to gain access to sound and advantageous education in America.