Samara “Sam” Foster has worked at UC Santa Cruz since 2007. She received a joint Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation Methodology and Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also holds a BA and MA in Political Science. Her work and scholarship center on equity and social justice in educational policy and practice rooted in feminist epistemologies and collaborative approaches to research. Prior to joining the CITL as Managing Director, Sam was the Managing Director of the Student Success Equity Research Center (SSERC) and served as Assistant Vice Provost in the Division of Student Success at UC Santa Cruz. She was also previously the Assistant Director of the University of California Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC).