Team Member

Ruth Boyajian

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Ruth Boyajian

LEE Public Policy Fellow

Ruth is a Public Policy Fellow at The Education Trust in Tennessee where she supports the team’s government relationships and advocacy work.

Prior to joining The Education Trust, Ruth was an organizer at the Abolitionist Teaching Network supporting students, educators, parents, and caregivers in the struggle for educational liberation. She also previously taught 2nd grade in Atlanta Public Schools and worked with the Explorations in Diversifying Engineering Faculty Initiative on research examining wage disparities in the academy and their disproportionate impact on women of color in engineering disciplines. In summer 2022, she traveled to the Philippines as a Fulbright-Hays scholar to participate in a cultural and education exchange program.

From New Jersey, Ruth holds a Bachelor’s in Harp Performance and Education Policy from Vanderbilt University, and is currently seeking a Master’s of Science in Social Foundations of Education at Georgia State University.

Favorite Sports Team

Philadelphia Eagles

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I love to cook, hike and spend time outdoors with my dog, read, acquire new plants, and recharge by spending time in community with friends

What drew you to education?

I am especially drawn to education because students deserve learning rooted in freedom and schools that are catalysts for justice and equity. Almost 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education, allocations of resources remain in the hands of those invested in maintaining social, political, and economic inequity. Deficit thinking continues to blame marginalized students for operating in conditions created by white supremacy, and funding disparities exist along racial lines causing disproportionately low spending on schools serving Black and Brown students. While schools historically reinforce the status quo, education can also be rooted in joy and liberatory learning!