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Mona Ivey-Soto

Dr.-Mona-Ivey-Soto-X2.jpgDr. Mona C. Ivey-Soto is an Assistant Professor of Education at Belmont University and joined the department in Fall 2015 after serving as an Assistant Professor of Education for two universities in New York.  Dr. Ivey-Soto holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from New York University, an M.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education, an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a Ph.D. in Special Education and Clinical Sciences from the University of Oregon. 

 Dr. Ivey-Soto has extensive background as a community engaged scholar in the areas of teaching and learning in urban schools, poverty, trauma and toxic stress for children and families, and cultivating teachers as advocates and activists for marginalized communities.  Her recent publications, including two book chapters and articles, focus on issues of equity and social justice. 

 In addition to her role in the academy, Dr. Ivey-Soto remains committed to cultivating community-academic partnerships that provide a voice for communities of color and prepare teacher candidates for the work of community engaged teaching. She serves on the EL Council for MNPS, Criminal Justice Reform Committee for N.O.A.H and Alignment Nashville's LEAF group. She also works collaboratively with several nonprofits throughout Nashville and is beginning a new project to facilitate a Professional Learning Community on trauma and learning for MNPS staff. 

She is deeply committed to her Christian faith and attends the multicultural, multidimensional Strong Tower Bible Church in Nashville where she works closely with colleagues on the role of Christians in addressing issues of racism and other forms of oppression.