Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond

Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond is a leader in the worlds of youth development, education, thriving and well- being, and social justice research, with decades of work across communities, nonprofits, universities, K–12 schools, think tanks, and foundations. Dr. Darling-Hammond’s mission is to increase possibilities for thriving among those who experience complex marginalization. Her particular focus at the intersections of age × sexual orientation × gender × race × ability is grounded in the knowledge that design driven by those furthest from power improves all of our lives. Through her scholarship, Dr. Darling-Hammond has developed an intersectional Bridge to Thriving Framework© (BtTF©), which she uses with educators, students, scholars, activists, youth, and others to advance the shared project of building universal thriving.