• M.F.A. 2017 – North Carolina State University, Creative Writing
  • M.A.T. 2004 – Duke University
  • B.A. 2003 – Swarthmore College, Special Major: Sociology/Anthropology and Education


Emily Chávez is the Project Director for Diverse and Resilient Educators Advised through Mentorship (DREAM), a five-year residency program to recruit, train, and support teachers from underrepresented groups for Durham Public Schools. Over the course of her career Emily has been an advocate for social justice education and worked to create opportunities for equitable educational access, particularly for students of color, undocumented students, and LGBTQ+ students. Emily has taught and advised middle school, high school, and undergraduate students as well as led professional development on Latin American and Caribbean Studies for teachers around the state of North Carolina. Prior to joining the UNC School of Education, she served as the Director of Equity and Justice for Duke School in Durham. She is the co-editor, along with Dr. Kia Caldwell, of Engaging the African Diaspora in K-12 Education (Peter Lang Publishing, 2020).