The Hub brings together expertise from across our campus in order to achieve a greater understanding of the depth and breadth of the landscape of equity and innovation across Georgetown and higher ed.
Randall BassCo-director, Vice Provost for Education
Heidi ElmendorfCo-director, Senior Advisor to the President for Equity in Education
Mark JoyResearch Associate
Molly MorrisonAssociate Director of Community Engagement
Jerome SmallsProgram Strategist
Toddchelle YoungDirector of Research
Randy Bass is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he leads the The Red House, an R&D unit at Georgetown University dedicated to educational innovation, equity, and access in higher education. The Red House is home to initiatives, including Designing the Future(s) of the University and The Hub for Equity and Innovation in Higher Education, that seek to rigorously research, design, and incubate programs that challenge current, and innovate new, higher education models.
For 13 years Randy was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years, including serving as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. From 2003-2009 he was a Consulting Scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he served, in 1998-99, as a Pew Scholar and Carnegie Fellow. In 1999, he won the EDUCAUSE Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Undergraduate Education.
He is the author or editor of numerous books, articles and digital projects, including recently, “Disrupting Ourselves: the Problem of Learning in Higher Education,” (EDUCAUSE Review March/April 2012); with Bret Eynon, Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem (American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2016); and with Jessie L. Moore, Understanding Writing Transfer: Implications for Transformative Student Learning (Stylus, 2017).
Professor Heidi Elmendorf has been at Georgetown University since 1999 as a faculty member in the Department of Biology, and she now serves as Senior Advisor to President DeGioia for Equity in Education.
Prof. Elmendorf has spent her research career in the field of global health, studying parasitic diseases that primarily affect some of the world’s most underprivileged peoples. Her laboratory conducts research on the intestinal parasite Giardia. Over the past two decades, she has taught a wide range of courses in Biology to both majors and non-majors and has won numerous teaching honors for her work.
Prof. Elmendorf has long been committed to increasing opportunities in the sciences for a greater diversity of students. In 2002 she founded, and has since directed, a STEM partnership with D.C. Public Schools. Since 2010 she has coordinated and taught in the science week of the Summer College Immersion Program, a partnership with Cristo Rey and KIPP schools. And she now leads efforts on the Hilltop as Director of the Regents Science Scholars Program and as Senior Advisor to President DeGioia for Equity in Education.
Mark currently serves as a Research Associate for the Hub for Equity & Innovation and the Designing the Future(s) Initiative. In this role, Mark leads experiential learning research efforts, writes regularly on issues relating to equity of access and experience, and explores the possibilities of a more affordable Georgetown undergraduate degree. In addition, he plays a key role in planning the Hub’s 2019 Summer Institute on Equity and Innovation in the Curriculum.
Mark graduated from New York University with his B.A. in Political Science and received his M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. In his free time, Mark enjoys playing basketball, singing in Georgetown’s annual Let Freedom Ring! Choir, and cooking with his girlfriend, Emma.
Jerome graduated in 2019 from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business with his Bachelor’s in Marketing and a minor in African American Studies. As a recent, first generation college graduate himself, he now serves as the Program Manager for The Pivotal Network.
During his time as an undergrad, Jerome found himself heavily invested in youth development and education. He established and lead multiple mentorship, afterschool, and tutoring programs throughout the greater Washington, DC area.
In early 2018 Jerome published his first book, Small Talk: One Youth. Seven Stories. Countless Lessons., as a way of offering advice to young people from the perspective of a young person. That would be the year he also founded his company, SmallTalk – an educational venture with the mission of motivating youth, empowering educators, and connecting students and teachers through storytelling and cultural competency.
Now, as the leader of The Pivotal Network, Jerome is incredibly grateful to be able to serve students and teachers through such an innovative and fulfilling initiative.
Toddchelle graduated from Georgetown University with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Certificate in Population Health from the School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS) and received her Masters degree in Public Health in Sociomedical
She enjoys mentoring undergraduate and high school students, cooking different recipes with her family, traveling the world to learn about cultures, people, and societies, and braiding hair in her free time. Toddchelle was born and raised in New Haven, CT and currently resides in Maryland.