Mica Pollock, an anthropologist, design researcher and author, is Professor of Education Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of California, San Diego. As CREATE Director, Pollock works with colleagues to network UCSD’s people, resources and opportunities to the diverse K-12 educators, students, and families of the San Diego region, with the particular goal of supporting low-income, underrepresented students toward college and rewarding careers.
Pollock’s own research explores how diverse communities can come together in student support efforts. In multiple projects based in schools, districts, cities, community organizations, and the government, Pollock has asked how people might communicate so they can work together to support every young person’s talent development. Pollock’s most recent book, Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About – and to – Students Every Day, compiles her 20 years of work on this issue. Her current work explores how to leverage a university as a hub for sharing opportunities to learn in a diverse community.
Most recently, Pollock, CREATE colleagues, and hundreds of campus and community partners have spearheaded the CREATE STEM Success Initiative (CSSI), a visionary collective effort linking UC San Diego faculty, staff and students and the San Diego education community in a shared effort to support K-20 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in the region.
Pollock previously taught high school in California and worked in the civil rights field. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford.