Elizabeth Drame

Interim Special Assistant to the Interim Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Elizabeth Drame, Ph.D. is a special education teacher educator, racial justice advocate, participatory action researcher, traveler, and mother. In her work, she collaborates with Black mothers, community advocates, educators and students to create spaces where Black people’s narratives drive equity change. She is a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she prepares special educators, coordinates the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program, and chairs the department. Dr. Drame teaches courses in the behavioral supports, assessment of students with disabilities, curriculum accommodations, foundations of autism spectrum disorders, action research and collaborative strategies. Her research centers on fostering positive educational outcomes for students with disabilities in inclusive schools, and social justice and equity issues in special education locally, regionally and internationally with a focus on the African Diaspora. She earned her Ph.D. in Learning Disabilities/Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University and served as a U.S. Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in the African Regional Research Program from 2011-2012 and 2018-2020 in Senegal, West Africa.