Kal Alston is Senior Vice President for Human Capital Development at Syracuse University and professor in Cultural Foundations of Education and in Women’s and Gender Studies. As Senior Associate Provost, she is invested in helping academic units leverage all resources and create fruitful collaborations, inside and outside of the University, to broaden the academic impact on and for faculty and students. Alston’s scholarly interests center on intersections of popular culture/media with American experiences of race, class, and gender. She is currently working on analyses of contemporary girlhood, early adolescent culture and education, and race and fatherhood, as well as the development of women’s leadership in academia and in other social contexts. Her most recent publications have focused on ethics and community responsibility, the phenomenal experience of race in philosophical practice, and the connection of the Brown decision to contemporary educational experience. She is currently vice chair of the Imagining America National Advisory Board.