Vernon Lindsay, PhD

Friday, April 8National Louis University Atrium

Dr. Vernon Lindsay is an applied research scholar, empowerment speaker, university professor, capoeira teacher, and entrepreneur.

Vernon Lindsay earned his PhD in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His research interests include: youth development theory, critical race theory in education, critical pedagogy, and Africana studies.  Lindsay’s dissertation made use of qualitative interviews, with a foundation in critical race theory, to illustrate how the resistance behaviors of Black males can be cultivated to provide school transformation.  Among others, Lindsay has presented his research at the American Education Research Association’s national conference (AERA), the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE), and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s conference Critical Race Theory and Education in Praxis. As a Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Honors College he teaches freshman core courses and the Honors Freshman Seminar, advises a cohort of honors freshmen, sophomore and senior Honors Capstone thesis students, and co-directs the Chicago Signature Honors Program.  Dr. Lindsay’s current research study involves the exploration of culturally responsive curriculum in encouraging positive self-esteem, increasing academic achievement, and impacting communities.

Lindsay has received several awards, grants and fellowships for his academic accomplishments and commitments to community service. This list includes: the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, the Diversifying Faculty in Higher Education fellowship, the African Americans Studies Departmental Award and the American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award.

Dr. Lindsay is also the owner of United Capoeira Association – Chicago, a business that specializes in providing children and adults with instruction in the African-Brazilian martial art called Capoeira.  Each class focuses on capoeira’s history, music, acrobatics, self-defense and dance movements to teach participants self-awareness, the importance of community, leadership skills, and healthy physical activities. The list of schools where he has taught capoeira includes: Village Leadership Academy, University of Illinois at Chicago, KIPP Bloom College Prep, Dixon Elementary School, and Jones College Preparatory High School.  More information about United Capoeira Association-Chicago can be found by visiting

Dr. Lindsay resides in Lansing, Illinois with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

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