3rd Annual Lecture on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Prevention Science and Practice

Kantahyanee Murray, Ph.D., Senior Associate Director at the MPHI Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement

  • Tuesday March 14, 2023 from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
  • Location: Zoom Webinar
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Kantahyanee Murray, Ph.D.

About the Presenter: 

Kantahyanee Murray is an experienced researcher, evaluator, and social sector leader. She is a collaborative and creative problem solver and innovator, committed to advancing race equity and inclusion and catalyzing social change. Dr. Murray is a Senior Associate Director in the Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement (CCRE) at MPHI. In this role, she provides equitable and culturally responsive evaluation and technical assistance in collaboration with nonprofit human service and movement building organizations, public systems, and philanthropy. Kantahyanee’s collaborative evaluation work is grounded in strategies that seek equitable outcomes including approaches that center culture, context, and community; engage and share power with community members; and elevate data access and use across diverse stakeholders.

Previously, Kantahyanee was a Senior Research Associate in the Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data unit of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She planned, commissioned, and managed evaluations in the areas of youth and family well-being, evidence-based practice, and community safety. Kantahyanee helped design the Expanding the Bench (ETB) initiative in 2014, led its implementation, and facilitated transition of ETB to a field supported initiative in 2018. Under her leadership, more than 500 historically underrepresented researchers engaged in capacity building and networking opportunities through programs such as Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) and the Advancing Culturally Responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network of underrepresented evaluators. She managed a portfolio to build REED’s capacity to apply racial and ethnic equity and inclusion approaches in evaluation grantmaking, planning and execution.

Kantahyanee has been an invited speaker on issues related to research, evaluation, and racial equity and inclusion for events held by organizations such as J-PAL; The Evaluators Institute; Wisconsin Philanthropy Network; !Milwaukee Evaluation!; and the Baltimore Area Evaluators. In prior work, she conducted community-based, state and federally supported research and evaluation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in the areas of child, youth and parent/caregiver health and well-being.