Arumani Coleman is an Associate Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on examining and improving the implementation of programs and interventions that address family and youth homelessness. She utilizes her expertise in education and social policy to illuminate the conditions leading to youth and family homelessness and to promote innovative solutions that advance positive outcomes for marginalized populations. At Chapin Hall, Coleman incorporates both qualitative methods and program evaluation approaches to strengthen partnerships between schools, early learning centers, and community-based organizations.
Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Coleman worked with several nonprofits to develop programs focused on youth empowerment and equity-centered strategies for engaging youth and communities. Her past research has focused on the experiences of BIPOC youth and families in areas such as education, mental health, housing, and violence. As a graduate fellow at the Center for the Human Rights of Children, she conducted research on topics related to children’s educational rights and co-developed reports, briefs, and presentations to raise awareness about critical issues impacting displaced youth. As a research assistant at Chapin Hall, Coleman supported the evaluation of several research projects, including the Calm Classroom project. She has also provided support to the Elev8 project. Coleman has taught diverse groups of high school and middle school CPS students on Chicago’s south and north sides, as well as primary aged children in Central America.
Coleman holds a MA in Cultural and Educational Policy studies from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Psychology from Northwestern University.
Master of Arts in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, Loyola University of Chicago
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychology, Northwestern University