Assistant Professor, Dr. Joshua Hyman, coauthored research that examined the long-run impacts that having a same-race teacher has on educational attainment. The research finds that black students randomly assigned to a black teacher in grades K-3 are 7% more likely to graduate from high school, and 13% more likely to enroll in college than their peers from the same school who did not have a black teacher. Made evident is that black teachers are crucial role models to signal what educational outcomes are possible for black students. This is a very relevant and important finding, and its implications have quickly been picked up by various news publishers and journals. You can find his original publication, and news coverage mentioning Dr. Hyman’s work below.