Yolanda Abel is an Associate Professor and immediate past chair of the Department of Advanced Studies in Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She is also a faculty affiliate with Center for Social Organization of Schools, the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools and the Center for Africana Studies. Her publications appear in American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Negro Education, Education and Urban Society, and School Science and Mathematics Journal.  
Abel has held several leadership roles within the American Educational Research Association specifically in the Family School Community Partnership Special Interest Group where she is past chair.  Her dissertation, African-American Father Involvement in Their Children’s School-Based Lives, earned the 2008 Judith Ruchkin Research Award from the Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. In 2017 she was awarded the inaugural Excellence in Mentorship Award for providing a quality mentoring experience for a junior faculty at the School of Education. In 2019 she was named Honorable Mention for the 2019 Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity.
Keywords: Family engagement; culturally and linguistically diverse students; community involvement; school, family, community partnerships;  multicultural education.