Destiny McLennan

Destiny’s work focuses on centering student voices, particularly around decision-making practices and postsecondary access and choice. She has trained extensively in using qualitative methods including phenomenology, narrative inquiry, participatory action research, and ethnography. Her work strives to avoid deficit-based models that are used as a guide to predict student behaviors, recognizing that they are often focused on “traditional students.” Accordingly, her work is typically grounded in asset-based methods and theories to highlight achievement in marginalized communities. Destiny received her M.S.Ed. in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, and her Ph.D. in higher education and organizational change from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Applied Research and Policy Evaluation

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Blog Posts

How Black Students Make Decisions About Their Futures


August 30th, 2021

Black high school students face significant barriers to postsecondary success, including anti-Blackness. Destiny McLennan looks at how they make decisions about their futures despite the obstacles.