Rashida Govan is a consultant for The Data Center. Dr. Govan is an educator, activist and writer who has worked for almost 20 years in education and youth development. Rashida is a 2011 graduate of the University of New Orleans where she earned her Ph.D. in educational administration. She is currently completing a postdoctoral position as project director of the International Study on Youth Community Organizing. Her other research interests include African American girls’ adolescent development and college readiness, access and success. Rashida is deeply engaged in the New Orleans community and is credited with facilitating a number of community education programs including parent leadership trainings with the Fatherhood Consortium and the PRIDE Parent Leadership Academy, the Trayvon Martin Teach-In and the Assata Shakur Teach-In. Rashida also has spoken nationally on hip hop culture and has been a featured speaker in panels with the Hip Hop President, Dr. Walter Kimbrough of Dillard University, Lupe Fiasco, Mannie Fresh and Mia X. She has spoken widely on issues concerning girls and women and is a proud alumna of Morgan State University.