Dr. Dwayne Kwaysee Wright is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration and GSEHD Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives 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.
November 2023 - Dr. Dwayne Wright presented a paper titled, "Blackness As Debt: Examining Institutional Practices Devaluing Black Professional School Faculty," along with Dr. Tyler Derreth from John Hopkins University at the "Virtual Day" of the Association for the Study of Higher Education 2023 conference.
October 31, 2023 - Dr. Dwayne Wright presented at the 69th Education Law Association Conference in Reno, Nevada. He discussed the topic, "Judicial Arrogance, Epistemic Injustice, and the Overturning of Affirmative Action," as part of the annual Social Justice and Education Law Panel.
June 28, 2023 - Dr. Dwayne Wright was interviewed as part of GW's "3 Questions" video series about the Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action in college admissions.
June 27, 2023 - Dr. Dwayne Wright participated in an Academic Engagement Network (AEN) initiative which brought university administrators from the U.S. to tour Israel and the West Bank in June to educate them about Jewish identity, antisemitism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The trip marked the end of a yearlong program, AEN's Signature Seminar Series, in which participants learned about these and other issues.
March 2023 - Dr. Dwayne Wright presented a virtual session at the 2023 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference. The title of the presentation was, "How U.S. Higher Education Institutions Have Become the Colonizers of Free Speech." He presented with Dr. Branden D. Elmore, a Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education at the University of Maryland.