Martha Russell's dissertation inspired her to create a service that has the potential to benefits thousands of individuals.
Her dissertation is titled, “How Can Restorative Practices Lower School to Prison Pipeline Occurrences for Black Male Students?”
“The greatest outcome of this dissertation research is that its findings gave me the momentum to form Raising Horizons, COH, a consulting association direly needed to fill the gap of services for students of color throughout our nation,” Russel says.
Russell served in the field of education for more than 34 years. She has served as a teacher, vocational rehabilitation counselor, reading specialist, school administrator, and chief academic officer. As a result of those experiences, Martha serves in a consulting capacity, where her passion for nurturing educators to meet the social justice challenges in Education is executed.
"I actually may be the School of Education’s Ph.D. student who took the longest to become a doctoral candidate,” Russell says. “My journey was a long one, yet a very rewarding one as well.”
Nine years following course program completion, Russell returned to Drexel to conduct her dissertation research. She says she’s forever grateful to the individuals on her committee for their continued guidance and support as she completes final requirements to earn a doctorate degree.
As member of Cohort 3, Russell worked with what she calls “outstanding co-laborers as well as exemplary professors.”
Russell says the School of Education’s Ph.D. program is “cutting edge, comprehensive and distinctive.”