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Francesca I.

Director, Equity Initiatives

As ATD’s director of equity initiatives, Francesca I. Carpenter serves as point of contact for equity related programs and services, helping colleges to align equity focused change efforts on campuses with ATD’s strategic plan and goals. Francesca has over 20 years of experience in higher education and K-12 working to build cross cultural collaboration, diversity, access to low and no cost textbooks, equitable practices, and bridging the digital divide. Francesca’s portfolio includes leading the organization’s equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist programming, the DREAM Scholars program and Equity Institute.   

Prior to joining ATD, Francesca served as education technology officer at the Qatar Foundation International (QFI), where she led efforts to create and deliver open education tools and platforms as a vehicle to build community and connect cultures. She spearheaded the organization’s technology plan including an open source Arabic language and Arab culture resource website, a cross-cultural online youth community focused on breaking down stereotypical barriers.  

Francesca also has an extensive background in education technology, instructional design, adult learning theory and online professional development. She is passionate about ensuring equity and a socially just higher education system. 


Graduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion | Cornell University 

Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning | Johns Hopkins University 

M.A. (Educational Communication and Technology) | New York University 

B.A. (English) | University of West Florida

Past Experience 

Education Technology Officer | Qatar Foundation International (QFI)  

Consultant | Stevens Initiative 

Adjunct Faculty | Johns Hopkins University, School of Education 

Instructional Designer | Johns Hopkins University, Center for Technology in Education

How has education changed your life/your family? 

I believe that education is an act of resistance. Educational attainment is the weapon against various forms of oppression. I would not be where I am today without the support and guidance of my family and community who believe in the power of education.  

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