Early Childhood Initiative Lecture featuring Eva Marie Shivers

Eva Marie Shivers, J.D., Ph.D., is the executive director of Indigo Cultural Center, a non-profit action research firm located in Phoenix, Arizona. Shivers’ work at Indigo Cultural Center focuses on the developmental niche of infant and early childhood development, mental health, and education to explore the evolution of frameworks for understanding families’ culturally adaptive responses to poverty, systemic racism, and historical marginalization.

Prior to relocating to Arizona, Shivers was a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Education, Psychological Studies in Education. She also holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, and a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University.

For the past fifteen years, Shivers has provided child care research policy consultation to federal, state and local government agencies and administrators. She also provided early childhood racial equity policy consultation to the Obama administration.

The Early Childhood Initiative seeks to bring together scholars to address early childhood challenges and produce world-class scholarship that will help maximize the potential of all children during their early years.