John Diamond is the Director of the Race, Education, and Organizational Change Lab. The RaceLab is a research group working on race and education issues in demographically changing institutions and communities. The goal of this research group is to study how race impacts educational opportunities and to identify ways to make schools more racially just. The RaceLab is currently engaged in several projects including the Race and Education in Metropolitan Suburbs Study, The Race and District Leadership Study (Spencer Foundation), the Race, Critical Reflection, and Action Study (Spencer Foundation), the Mobilizing Youth Voices for Racial Justice Study, and a newly funded project on Equity-Centered Principal Pipelines (Wallace Foundation).
Prior to joining the Brown faculty, Diamond was the UW Faculty Lead for the Forward Madison Initiative a multi-year collaborative partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District and the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This project emphasizes closing opportunity gaps through enhancing preservice opportunities, building new educator induction processes, enhancing professional learning, and increasing workforce diversity.
Diamond has worked to build collaborative relationships across educational levels and reduce the divide between research, policy, and practice throughout his career. He served as the first Research Director for the Minority Student Achievement Network, working with district leaders to study patterns of racial inequality in their schools and enact practices to reduce such disparities.
He is currently a National Planning Team Member of the Urban Research Action Network. URBAN is a multidisciplinary, distributed network of scholars and practitioners committed to articulating and strengthening the collaborative methods and impact, sharing findings, raising the visibility, developing career pathways, and increasing the acceptance within the academy of community-based research.
Diamond also works with multiple school districts in the Midwest and around the country on issues of educational equity and school and district leadership. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Diamond embedded himself with district leaders who were working on issues of racial equity. This project, "District Leadership for Equity in Racially Diverse School Systems" was supported by the Spencer Foundation Midcareer Grant Program. He is also a Senior Research Specialist with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, an Advisory Board member of the Sociological Association's Sociology Action Network, and a Research Advisory Panel Member of the National Coalition on School Diversity.