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Doctoral Student

Leaders for Equity and Democracy (LEAD) Program

Berkeley School of Education

University of California, Berkeley


Mai Xi Lee is a second-year doctoral student in the Leaders for Equity and Democracy (LEAD) program in the Berkeley School of Education. She holds a BA from Pepperdine University, MA in School Counseling, Pupil Personnel Services Credential  and Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Sacramento.  Ms. Lee is a 25-year veteran educator who has served as a bilingual paraeducator, teacher, counselor, site administrator and district administrator. She currently serves as the Social Emotional Learning Director for the Sacramento County Office of Education, where she is leading a statewide effort to support all 58 county offices of education implement SEL. Her research interests include race-based stress and resilience, the impact of the model minority stereotype on AAPI identity and wellness, the role educational systems play in nurturing critical (community) resilience and belonging, and the influence of Transformative Social Emotional Learning (tSEL) on resilience. In her spare time, she enjoys family time, gardening, and watching a good comedy, dramedy, action/thriller show on Netflix.

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