Dwayne Wright

Dwayne Wright
Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives
Visiting Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration

Dr. Dwayne Kwaysee Wright is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at the George Washington University (GW). His research and social activism seek to advance educational opportunity and equity for all students, particularly those historically oppressed and marginalized in American society.

Dr. Wright’s research is located within three broad theoretical frameworks: Critical Race Theory, Sociocultural Theory and Critical Pedagogy. His areas of empirical research interest include access, diversity, and equity policies for underserved populations in higher education; the use and influence of social science research in/on law; undergraduate and professional Multicultural Greek Life; and critical race theory & critical pedagogy in post-secondary education. His legal research interest focuses primarily on education law, First Amendment jurisprudence and American equal protection theory.

Dr. Wright joined GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Savannah Law School in Georgia where he taught Constitutional Law. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Penn State University. His dissertation focused on the influence of diversity and inclusion on the culture of learning and living in law schools, particularly for marginalized/minoritized law students. The dissertation was awarded the Dr. Marcia Clarke-Yapi Memorial Award which is given for having the highest quality dissertation dealing with research in equity issues in education.

Furthermore, Dr. Wright is currently the National Coordinator for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s “Legally Inspired Cohort” (CLIC) program. The CLIC is a program focused on increasing minoritized student access to law school. The program is designed to test the hypothesis that minoritized law students are more likely to succeed if they are prepared and provided a welcoming and supportive community.

Dr. Wright is currently licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Ph.D. in Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University
J.D., Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
Master's in Education, Pennsylvania State University
B.A. in Political Science, Norfolk State University
Ipse Dixit Podcast Raquel Muñiz, Assistant Professor at Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Dwayne Kwaysee Wright, Visiting Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at the George Washington University, and Rafael Alvarado, a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University, discuss their article, " Joint Identities?: A Self-Case Study of the Professional Identity Development of J.D./Ph.D. Professionals in Education Law," which they co-authored with Vanessa Miller and J. Queen McGrew, and which will be published in the Journal of Law & Education. They begin by explaining the different experience of being a law student and a graduate student in education, and how it creates conflicts that can result in a divided professional identity. They discuss their self-study of that experience, and how it could help schools better integrate those disciplines.

Dr. Dwayne Kwaysee Wright, Visiting Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, discusses the impact of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on higher education law, highlighting five specific cases in her career.

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This message was sent to the GSEHD community in the wake of the attacks in Atlanta that killed eight people, including six Asian women, on March 16, 2021.

March 19, 2021
Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Dwayne Kwaysee Wright discussed the impact of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on higher education law for a class last week. He highlighted five specific cases in her career. Watch the video here.

Dr. Dwayne Kwaysee Wright was interviewed on the Moses's People Speak podcast for Episode 9 called "Discussing Race in America." The topic of the discussion was "What we should learn from the Amy Cooper video."