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Dr. Ruanda Garth-McCullough

Dr. Ruanda

Director, Program Development

Dr. Ruanda Garth-McCullough, the director of program development at Achieving the Dream, leads the Every Learner Everywhere digital learning initiative that serves low-income, racially minoritized, and first-generation students in gateway courses, develops and delivers faculty development coaching for student success and high-quality teaching and learning and supports the organization’s equity initiatives. She also coaches college action teams to implement evidence-based teaching practices across the college and curriculum.

Previously, Dr. Garth-McCullough was a faculty member in the School of Education at Loyola University of Chicago. Her expertise in culturally relevant teaching guides her professional development work in the diversity, equity and inclusion space. Dr. Garth-McCullough approaches her work from an inclusive, culturally affirming and asset-based perspective. She supports educators to define and create opportunities to invite and integrate their students’ cultural knowledge and experiences as a cognitive tool in service of their engagement, achievement, and success.


Ph.D. (Administrative Institutional Policy Studies/Urban Education) | University of Chicago

M.A. | University of Chicago

B.A. (Psychology and African American Studies) | Wesleyan University

Past Experience

Faculty | School of Education, Loyola University of Chicago

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