Simone Ngongi-Lukula Education Equity Fellow, MassINC
As the proud daughter of Congolese immigrants and a product of public schooling, Simone aims to identify and reimagine how social investments and philanthropic practices can address structural racism, promote justice, and advance more equitable outcomes in education that support our most vulnerable populations.
Simone graduated from Wheelock College Boston University in 2018. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020, where she earned a master’s degree in Urban Education Policy.
Her research interests build on work initiated at the Technical Education Research Center in Cambridge, MA. Her experience as a research assistant on three National Science Foundation-funded projects allowed her to examine how systemic racism in education impacts access to quality teaching and learning experiences among urban, Students of Color.
As a graduate student and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, Simone’s work focused on culturally sustaining practices that work to eradicate structural inequities that shape the school experiences and academic achievement of urban, immigrant students. She studied the identities of urban, immigrant youth through a transcultural lens, focusing on how the strengths and skills that come out of their migration journey can be used as a tool for learning.
Simone has committed her life’s work to improving the educational, and in turn, life opportunities of those whose identities and voices have been marginalized, ostracized, and silenced.
In her spare time Simone enjoys traveling, reading, and brunch!