Derric I. Heck, a native of Brunswick, GA, is a graduate research and teaching associate at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. This current post follows his tenure as a K. Leroy Irvis Equity & Social Justice Fellow at the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. His research seeks to support teacher education in the context of bias, identity development, and trauma.
Heck, in partnership with the U.S. Departments of State and Education, is a 2017 Fulbright-Hays grant recipient. He holds a degree in Architecture from the Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Architecture, and Master of Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and is an inaugural UDREAM (Urban Design) Fellow at the Remaking Cities Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. He is a contributing author to “Critical Race Theory in Teacher Education: Informing Classroom Culture and Practice.” Heck has presented his scholarship at the inaugural Teach Africa Conference at the University of Pittsburgh; the Conference of the Pennsylvania Council for International Education; and the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association. His research and service in international education includes the Cheery Children Educational Center in Kibera, Kenya; Wolaita-Sodo University in Sodo, Ethiopia; the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Cologne Germany; and the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Brussels, Belgium.
Heck is a member of the American Educational Research Association; the 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania; the National Alumni Associations of Florida A&M University and the University of Pittsburgh; and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.