Conducting research in service to equity offers the opportunity to embed restorative processes that helps to repair the damage caused by racism. In this talk, Dr. Murray will discuss the ways research practices have historically and continue to bring harm and trauma to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. She will present a framework that can be applied in the context of culturally responsive and equitable research with BIPOC communities that provides prevention scientists a path forward to acknowledging harm and taking restorative action.
About the Presenter
Kantahyanee Murray is an experienced researcher, evaluator, and social sector leader. She is a collaborative and creative problem solver and innovator, committed to advancing racial equity and inclusion and catalyzing social change. Dr. Murray is a Senior Associate Director in the Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement (CCRE) at MPHI. In this role, she provides equitable and culturally responsive evaluation and technical assistance in collaboration with nonprofit human service and movement-building organizations, public systems, and philanthropy. Kantahyanee’s collaborative evaluation work is grounded in strategies that seek equitable outcomes including approaches that center culture, context, and community; engage and share power with community members; and elevate data access and use across diverse stakeholders.
Previously, Kantahyanee was a Senior Research Associate in the Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data unit of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She planned, commissioned, and managed evaluations in the areas of youth and family well-being, evidence-based practice, and community safety. Kantahyanee helped design the Expanding the Bench (ETB) initiative in 2014, led its implementation, and facilitated the transition of ETB to a field-supported initiative in 2018. Under her leadership, more than 500 historically underrepresented researchers engaged in capacity building and networking opportunities through programs such as Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) and the Advancing Culturally Responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network of underrepresented evaluators. She managed a portfolio to build REED’s capacity to apply racial and ethnic equity and inclusion approaches in evaluation grantmaking, planning, and execution.
Kantahyanee has been an invited speaker on issues related to research, evaluation, and racial equity and inclusion for events held by organizations such as J-PAL; The Evaluators Institute; Wisconsin Philanthropy Network; !Milwaukee Evaluation!; and the Baltimore Area Evaluators. In prior work, she conducted community-based, state and federally-supported research and evaluation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in the areas of child, youth and parent/caregiver health and well-being.