"Oppressed people, whatever their level of formal education, have the ability to understand and interpret the world around them, to see the world for what it is, and move to transform it." ~Ella Baker
Dr. Crystal Morton’s mother often shares how Dr. Morton proudly proclaimed that she would become a teacher at the age of four. True to that assertion, Dr. Morton became a high school mathematics teacher and worked three hours from where she grew up in rural North Carolina. As a high school mathematics teacher, Dr. Morton learned the importance of building authentic partnerships with families and communities.
Currently, Dr. Crystal Morton is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Urban Teacher Education at IUPUI. She is the Associate Director of Research for the Great Lakes Equity Center, Equity Fellow for the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center, Coordinator of the Urban Education Studies Ph. D. program, and President of the Benjamin Banneker Association. She is also Founder and Director of Girls STEM Institute. Girls STEM Institute aims to transform communities by empowering girls of color to become leaders, innovators, and educators who use STEM as a tool for personal and social change.
Dr. Morton holds a B.A. in Mathematics, a M.A.T. in Secondary Mathematics Education, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Culture, and Change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her scholarly work focuses on examining the learning experiences, specifically mathematics learning experiences, of Black girls in grades 3-12. She also focuses on informal STEM learning, emphasizing the role of informal STEM learning in fostering equitable and transformative mathematics teaching and learning experiences.
Dr. Morton also serves a Co-PI on the National Science Foundation funded Carver Teaching Initiative Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Teaching Professionals through Internships, Recruitment, and Engagement (CTI-Inspire) project. CTI-Inspire aims to recruit, retain and support high-achieving underrepresented minoritized students to pursue STEM teaching careers.
As K-12 Outreach Director, Dr. Morton will leverage partnerships with families, communities, corporations, and higher learning institutions to provide transformative learning opportunities that support the positive STEM identity development of girls and young women, particularly those from historically marginalized populations. Dr. Morton is also committed to fostering a passion for STEM learning in girls at an early age and empowering them to become the next generation of STEM professionals and leaders to transform the world.