Kenyon Lee Whitman, Ph.D. Faculty Affiliate

Kenyon Lee Whitman is a scholar-practitioner. He has over 10 years of experience working in higher education, much of that time supporting foster youth. Most recently he directed the Office of Foster Youth Support Services at UC Riverside for six years. He received his Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis on Higher Education Administration and Policy at UC Riverside. Dr. Whitman’s research is interdisciplinary, he focuses on underrepresented students in higher education, specifically, the racialized college-going experiences of foster youth. Currently, Dr. Whitman is serving as a UC Chancellor’s Post-doctoral Fellow at UCLA in the department of Urban Schooling, working with Dr. Tyrone Howard in the Pritzker Center for Research on Strengthening Children and Families. As a former foster youth, he understands first-hand the challenges foster youth face as they work toward earning a college degree. Kenyon also holds a B.S. and M.A. from Fresno State.