Associate Director

Ross Whiting, Ph.D., has dedicated his career to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion for students through evaluation, data-driven organizational development, and advocacy. Dr. Whiting started his career as a teacher at Edward W. Bok Technical High School where he worked to create engaging, inclusive, and culturally responsive educational opportunities for his students. He then spent six years at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University where he managed projects promoting access to college and equity for people with disabilities in both K-12 and higher education.

Currently Dr. Whiting is the principal investigator of the Clayton Model Pilot Program Expansion and Evaluation, an agile, trauma-informed, individualized social-emotional learning program for students in grades K-6, Pascale Sykes Foundation’s South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative Evaluation, and multiple evaluations of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, foundations, and public and charter schools. He also leads development and management of policies and staff at WRI, and the coordination of multiple University systems and stakeholders to achieve project goals.

Ross earned a BM in Music Education from Mansfield University, a MM in Music Education from Boston University, and a PhD in Urban Education from Temple University. He has taught courses on the sociocultural foundations of education and urban education as well as interpersonal and organizational communication in the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University. Ross’ goal is to provide timely data on pressing educational issues and to better connect and translate knowledge between the public, academics, educators, and policy makers to build more inclusive and growth-oriented educational systems for students.