Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program Directors

The American Evaluation Association is pleased to announce the new Host Institution and Directors for the Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI), Dr. Rodney Hopson (George Mason University, Program Director) and Dr. Brandi Gilbert (Urban Institute, Co-Director). As Program Director, Dr. Hopson (with support from Dr. Gilbert), will be responsible for overseeing the curriculum, facilitating evaluation training, and serving as a mentor to the GEDI scholars.Throughout the internship the leadership are available to guide, advise, and support the interns in achieving their professional goals and the goals of the program.


Dr. Rodney Hopson, Program Director, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Dr. Hopson serves as Professor of Evaluation in the Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. He received his Ph.D. from the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia with major concentrations in educational evaluation, anthropology, and policy, and sociolinguistics. Dr. Hopson served as the 2012 President of the American Evaluation Association.

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Dr. Brandi Gilbert, Program Co-Director, The Urban Institute

Brandi is a Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Her work has primarily focused on evaluations of a range of disaster preparedness and response, education, and public health initiatives. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from University of Colorado Boulder and was formerly an intern in the GEDI program in 2007. Dr. Gilbert has served as chair of the American Evaluation Association Disaster and Emergency Management Topical Interest Group from 2012 to 2014.


M. Alex Evans, Program Coordinator, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Alex is currently a Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. His work primarily focuses on issues of social justice and civil rights in education. He earned his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law and his B.A. in Music, from North Carolina Central University as well.