Joi A. Spencer is Professor and Interim Dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. She began her career as a middle school mathematics teacher in East Palo Alto, CA. Joi’s scholarly work examines the mathematics learning experiences and opportunities of African American students. Her work is deeply embedded within the context of classrooms, and centered on the needs of Black mathematics learners. Dr. Spencer runs the STEAM Summer Academy which provides rich, out of the box mathematics and STEM learning for youth throughout the city of San Diego.