Dr. Sierra J. Austin, the ESC's Regional School Improvement Coordinator for Equity and Diversity, is a graduate of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at The Ohio State University, with a focus on race and social justice. She also graduated with an interdisciplinary specialization in Latino/a Studies. Sierra’s research (done in Columbus City Schools), activism and work focuses on education equity and prioritizes operationalizing intersectional approaches to social change.
Her most recent publications appear in Souls:
A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s, Studies, respectively. Sierra is the recipient of several grants awarded by the National Women’s Studies Association, OSU’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Council of Graduate Students, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, as well as the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has presented original research both domestically and abroad, including in Spain and various parts of the UK.
Sierra has served as a lecturer at The
Ohio State University, where she was nominated for an Outstanding Faculty
Award, Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Columbus College of Art & Design
(CCAD). In the K-12 space, Sierra has designed and taught curriculum for social
justice elective course offerings and has served as a consultant for several
school-based equity and empowerment programs.