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Lisa Covington Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Covington received the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the Iowa Department of Human Rights. She is the Director of the Ethnic Studies Leadership Academy in Iowa City, an educational leadership program for Black youth to learn social justice through incorporating digital technologies to explore the social sciences and the arts.

In 2022, Dr. Covington earned her PhD from the University of Iowa in Sociology of Education. Her research includes the investigation of the disparity of Black girls in film. She is continuing this research as an Inaugural Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Arizona.


As a youth development professional and subject matter expert on the topics of Black girls in film, BIPOC youth development and social justice, Dr. Covington is a youth advocate and curriculum developer across six states. She also provides professional development training for parents, educators, media makers and community organizations to support the psychosocial development of BIPOC youth in preschool through college settings in California, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.


Dr. Covington serves on the boards of the National Women's Studies Association, the National Steering Committee of Black Lives Matter at School, National Urban League Young Professionals-Fund Development Committee amongst a host of other grassroots organizations.


SREB Fellow  

CLAS Fellow  

Obermann Senior Fellow  

Hilliard-Sizemore Scholar 

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