Ashley Ison is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Human Development Learning and Teaching concentration at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, Ashley was a research specialist with the Council of the Great City Schools, a non-profit dedicated to supporting large urban school districts. She is interested in exploring the intersection between ethnic-racial identity development and positive social and emotional development. This includes how schools might support students’ positive identity development, particularly those affected by trauma. Ashley holds a BA in African American studies from Yale University. She earned her master’s degree in education policy from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education.