Dr. Calli Lewis Chiu was introduced to issues of power and privilege in the American educational system and in American society during her undergraduate program. These issues struck a proverbial chord with her, and soon, issues related to culturally responsive teaching and helping improve outcomes for marginalized populations became her passion. In 2015, Dr. Lewis Chiu completed her master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in multicultural issues, and in 2013, she completed her Ph.D in special education with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disorders.
For 11 years Dr. Lewis Chiu taught in K-12 Title I schools whose populations were majority Latinx. Her current institution, California State University, Fullerton is a Hispanic Serving Institution, as was her previous institution, California State University, Bakersfield.
Dr. Lewis Chiu’s research agenda includes culturally responsive teaching practices. She is the lead author of manuscripts, which present information about culturally responsive teaching practices in Multicultural Perspectives and Beyond Behavior. In November of 2016, she was an invited presenter at the Diversity Symposium at the Teacher Educator Division of the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual conference. She is honored to serve on the Advisory Board for the CSU website Recruiting & Preparing Teachers for Diverse Classrooms.