Shafiqua Little

Policy Associate


Ph.D. in Education Policy: University of Georgia
M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education: Mercer University
B.A. in Sociology: Spelman College


Dr. Shafiqua Little currently serves on the postsecondary team, focusing on identifying and evaluating models that improve educational outcomes for marginalized students. She contributes to a range of research and evaluation projects focused on the transition from high school to college, state-level strategies for erasing racial equity gaps in postsecondary attainment, and approaches to reengage adult learners in higher education.


Little has extensive experience working with education stakeholders in K-16 education as an educator, researcher, and data analyst. Little leverages this experience in support of her projects at RFA, including evaluating the Lumina Foundation’s Talent, Innovation and Equity Initiative and studying state mechanisms for reskilling displaced workers. Much of her research focuses on the interaction of race and class in education policy and practice, and she is broadly committed to improving the lives of students, particularly students of color and low-income students, through comprehensive and equitable policies and practices.