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Iheoma U. Iruka

Department of Public Policy & Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Research Professor & Fellow

Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D., is a Research Professor in the Department of Public Policy, a Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham, Child Development Institute (FPG), and Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at FPG at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Iruka is engaged in projects and initiatives focused on how evidence-informed policies, systems, and practices in the early years can support the optimal development and experiences of children from low-wealth and marginalized households and communities. Her work focuses on family engagement and support, quality rating and improvement systems, and the early care and education system and programs. Dr. Iruka focuses on ensuring excellence for young diverse learners, especially Black children and their families, through the intersection of anti-bias/anti-racist research, program, and policy.