In January 2016, Dr. Constance Iloh made major waves as one of the only black and African academics and scholars ever placed among the illustrious breakout talents, young entrepreneurs, and change-makers on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.
Now Dr. Constance Iloh is making history at the University of California – Irvine, becoming its first Black tenure-track professor in the School of Education (a U.S. News & World Report Top 25 Ranked Graduate School of Education).
But just who is this 29-year-old academic luminary and breakout star? Professor Iloh is a gifted researcher and anthropologist of education who examines the changing landscape of higher education and its impact on underserved students.
Having studied business prior to earning her PhD. in urban education policy at the University of Southern California, she brings a unique and interdisciplinary lens to education research. She says;
I am openly walking by faith and living my dreams in color. I try not to define myself by conventional ideas of success because purpose is bigger than that.
If I have any advice to offer, I would say never be afraid to let your light shine. I think this is especially important for women and people of color because so many spheres of life aim to limit and minimize us when we are destined to be greater than any box we could be put in. There were times I felt as though I needed permission to do things when I forgot it was God who positioned me in this space for a purpose. As long as God is my compass I trust I am going in the right direction.