Rashida Welbeck
Co-Lead, Equity Collaborative
Senior Associate, Postsecondary Education

For over 14 years, Welbeck has been building a body of work advancing research and institutional transformation with a growing focus on equity and cultural responsiveness. Welbeck currently co-lead’s MDRC’s Equity Collaborative, which is supporting the strengthening of equity-based and culturally responsive research and technical assistance practices across MDRC’s five policy areas and two centers. In the Postsecondary Education (PSE) policy area, Welbeck is the project director for the Men of Color College Achievement Study. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences and is part of the College Completion Network. Welbeck also leads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Intermediaries for Scale (IFS) initiative at MDRC, which is engaging in several capacity-building efforts within PSE and across MDRC. Through the IFS initiative, Welbeck also works in collaboration with other intermediary organizations to advance equity-based approaches to supporting institutional transformation in postsecondary education. While at MDRC, she earned a master’s degree in urban policy and management from The New School’s Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment with a concentration in social policy. Before joining MDRC, Welbeck earned her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University in international politics.