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Meet  the Team

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Dr. Crystal Morton 

Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Crystal Morton is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Urban Teacher Education at Indiana University Indianapolis School of Education. Currently, she serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Director of Research for the Great Lakes Equity Center.  She is Past-President of the Benjamin Banneker Association and serves on the Tech Point Foundation for Youth board. 


Marva Renee Barlow

Assistant Director

Director of Family Engagement

Marva is passionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic about students' growth and achievement in academics and social and emotional development. She has committed approximately ten years in the education arena.


Dr. Demetrice Smith-Mutegi

Director of Science Engagement

Research Collaborator

Dr. Demetrice Smith-Mutegi is the Director of Science Engagement and a research collaborator for G.S.I. She is an assistant professor of science education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She teaches K-12 foundation courses and secondary science and math methods to preservice teachers. 

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Saba-Na'Imah Berhane

Director of Curriculum Development

An Indiana University Indiana alumna with a B.S. in Elementary Education & Middle School Math, Na'imah is a math educator passionate about developing an integrated, research-driven STEM curriculum. 

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Chanae Palmer-Azikiwe

Director of Community Partnerships

Chanae serves as the Director of Community Partnerships for G.S.I. She has over six years of experience in fundraising, prospect research, event planning and program development across diverse nonprofits, including education, health, social services and civic advocacy organizations.


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