Skip to content
Community-Based Research on Equity, Activism, & Transformative Education | CREATE Center

The CREATE Center fosters community-based research on equity, activism, and transformative education among university-based researchers and community advocates. 

The CREATE (Community-based Research on Equity, Activism, & Transformative Education) Center fosters and networks equity-driven scholars and education advocates and activists who are committed to conducting and/or leveraging research that helps catalyze transformative public education for children, families, and communities highly impacted by the injustices of systemic racism and poverty. Center affiliates are part of an action-oriented, scholarly community that advances equitable and anti-racist educational practice, policy, and inquiry across four focal areas. These areas include protecting, reinvesting in, and revitalizing public education; dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline; forging and maintaining socially just educational partnerships; and developing public scholarship that contributes to the public good. Center affiliates include U-M faculty, students, and research staff, along with non-U-M scholars and community-based practitioners who are working nationally and internationally to promote justice-driven educational change and critical scholarship in ways that honor the voices, knowledge, assets, needs, and experiences of youth, families, and community members.

Our Team

Camille Wilson

Camille M. Wilson, Ph.D.

Founding Director, CREATE Center
University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor
Professor of Educational Foundations, Leadership & Policy


Tonya Kneff-Chang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Educational Foundations and Policy

Paulina Fraser

Paulina Fraser

Research Coordinator 
Doctoral Candidate in Educational Studies, 
School of Education

Ilana Spencer

Programming and Research Assistant
Master’s Student

Eunice Agaba

Visual Communications Designer and Social Media Specialist,
Junior in the College of LSA

Luz Mayancela

Undergraduate Research Assistant,
Freshman in the College of LSA