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Taylor Lay

Chicago Research Intern

With a focus on the empowerment of youth of color and equity in education, Taylor comes to JMA with a desire to learn more about new models of policy and research at the intersection of racial, economic, and environmental justice. In her most recent role as a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), she worked on a team to conduct post-baccalaureate research on adolescents’ ecological assets and conceptions of happiness using longitudinal data from the Chicago School Readiness Project. The research she co-produced has been developed into a manuscript that is pending review. During her tenure at UIC, she was also heavily involved with Little Village Reads Literacy Program and The Fellowship Initiative– programs whose primary goal is to close the opportunity gap and support young people of color. She has been featured on Jenn White’s Reset on NPR and Art Sim’s Real Talk with Real People on WVON as a guest panelist to speak about racial healing and equity.

Taylor earned her B.A. in Psychology and minored in Sociology at UIC.