"He encapsulated for me so many of the things I have thought and expressed in my long career as an educator focused on social justice and working against a system that perpetuates inequality and oppression"
- Walter Di Mantova,Dean CCC Chancellor's Office
"You modeled a smart and affirmative stance from which to speak about equity work. I feel like your talk shifted things here. Words can’t express my gratitude. "
- Dr. Leslie Henson, Butte College
Darrick Smith is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in San Francisco, California. Dr. Smith’s course load includes requirements for the completion of the Educational Doctorate as well as the California Administrative Credential. Dr. Smith’s pathway has led him to consult with a number of colleges and school districts addressing equity concerns in the areas of policy, pedagogy, and leadership. His research interests are culturally responsive discipline practices; equity in the community colleges; critical pedagogy; transformative leadership, and education for social justice.
Dr. Smith has served as an educator, school leader, and consultant within secondary, post-secondary, and non-profit spaces for 18 years. His experience includes his transformative role as the Co-Principal for the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco, California and his earlier work as the founder of the TryUMF (pronounced “triumph”) program for adolescents that taught students fundamental principles from the fields of sociology, feminism, and critical theory. Such work is what led to him being awarded the University of California’s Fannie Lou Hamer Award for his commitment to social change and a commendation from the California State Senate for his work in violence prevention and youth development.