Kajol Surani is a research assistant in the education research area at Child Trends. She graduated from CUNY Queens College with a BA in economics and political science with a concentration in law and politics. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research on the relation between education and students’ political ideology, examined the influence of political satire shows on American voter participation, and studied economic inequality in America. Over the past year, Kajol has served as a public policy and advocacy volunteer at Mental Health America of Greater Dallas where she became passionate about issues facing the education system. Specifically, she analyzed existing disciplinary action policies in Dallas and the discrimination students of color faced as a result of these policies. She focused on the school-to-prison pipeline and advocated for increased mental health resources for students. Kajol is excited to continue work around disparities in discipline and inequities in educational opportunity.