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Siettah Parks

Research Associate

Pronouns: She/Her


  • Ph.D. in Sociology & Education: Teachers College, Columbia University
  • MA in Sociology & Education: Teachers College, Columbia University
  • BA in Sociology: University of Wisconsin
Siettah Parks

About Siettah Parks

Siettah is intentional about conducting research that centers marginalized people and includes participants in the process. At RFA, she leads and supports qualitative research on community-engaged and participatory projects related to racial equity in education, including several studies that explore issues of teacher diversity. As a sociologist, she is concerned about the role of systems and institutions in creating and reproducing inequality, and she hopes her work will contribute to addressing systemic issues and removing barriers to educational opportunity for marginalized students.

Siettah also has several years of experience in providing racial-equity focused, evidence-based professional development to educators through a national and global summer institute at Teachers College. In addition, Siettah has mentored and instructed graduate students in sociological qualitative research methods. She has previously worked in schools in Newark and New York City.

  • A fun fact about me is...

    In undergrad, I spent a term studying abroad with Semester at Sea – we visited 13 different countries while living on a ship for 2 and a half months!

  • I can’t stop listening to...

    Afrobeats (especially Burna Boy and Tems)

  • If I could have any superpower, it would be...

    Teleportation – I love traveling and exploring new places but I don’t love the process of getting there!

Key Projects by Siettah Parks

Value-Added Models in Teacher Evaluation and Development

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Allegheny County Educator Diversity Project

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Recent Publications by Siettah Parks