Takiyah Franklin serves as a core member of the Haas Institute faculty research clusters and program teams, supporting cluster research and Haas Institute program activities. Takiyah works with the Associate Director Denise Herd and Institute staff to provide direct coordination, program development and administrative support to both plan for and organize cluster and Institute project activities and agendas.
Takiyah also manages the Institute’s activities under the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) Program that supports courageous and creative leaders dedicated to dismantling anti-black racism in the U.S. and South Africa.
Takiyah previously worked as the Admission and Outreach Graduate Advisor for the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley and as a Program Coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program at California State University, East Bay. Takiyah is an Oakland, California native, a proud alumna of a HBCU Dillard University c/o 05, and she earned a master’s degree in Afro-American studies from Wisconsin-Madison. Takiyah is committed to the vision of expanding the opportunity infrastructure of U.S. higher education to realize a more just and inclusive society. Further, Takiyah is a vocal performing artist, a mother of 3 beautiful children, and an enthusiastic member of her spiritual community, Heart and Soul Center of Light, Oakland CA.