Seena Skelton, Ph.D.
Dr. Skelton is Director of Operations for the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center. As Director of Operations, she works in collaboration with the Center’s executive director to plan, direct, and manage projects and services offered to state and local education agencies throughout the Center’s thirteen-state region. Dr. Skelton has worked as an educational consultant for a regional special education resource center in southwest Ohio, a lead consultant for three state-wide school improvement initiatives funded by the Ohio Department of Education, and as a co-director of professional learning and technical assistance at the Equity Alliance at Arizona State University and assistant director of professional learning and technical assistance at the Great Lakes Equity Center in the Indiana University School of Education-IUPUI. She has garnered more than 25 years of experience working in the areas of inclusive practices, systems change, school improvement, and educational equity. Dr. Skelton has been an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount Saint Joseph, and Indiana University, Indianapolis. She has co-authored publications on topics related to improving outcomes for marginalized youth including a book chapter on addressing equity in transition education for youth of color with disabilities and the article on Situating my positionality as a Black woman with a dis/ability in the provision of equity-focused technical assistance: a personal reflection in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Dr. Skelton received the Leadership in Special Education Field Award from the University of Kansas in 2020. She regularly presents at state, regional, national, and international conferences and is the editor of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners peer-reviewed journal, Multiple Voices: Disability, Race, and Language Intersections in Special Education with Drs. Thorius and Santamaria Graff.