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Rod Wallace is a teacher and school leader with a myriad of experience in the operation, administration, and cultural development of urban schools. Wallace is currently the Program Director for EMU Upward Bound, advocating for equitable postsecondary navigation for low-income, first-generation students and leveraging community resources to support current college students. Wallace is also a doctoral student and King-Chavez-Parks Future Fellow at Eastern Michigan University, studying urban education, Hip Hop as pedagogy, and the use of music technology to enrich STEM content. An accomplished music producer and audio engineer, Wallace has released four solo albums, produced or mixed on several others, and also serves as the Director of Education for Grove Studios in Ypsilanti, MI Wallace recently served as an executive producer for the Formula 734 hip-hop project for men of color with Washtenaw County My Brother's Keeper. Wallace is the founder of Project Plugin, which develops Hip Hop based programming for schools, districts, and communities. He resides in Farmington Hills, MI, with his wife, Michele, and two children.



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