Stephanie Peterson
Research Associate

Stephanie assists in the design, coordination, monitoring, and implementation of research projects, including preparations of study data, reports, and presentations. Stephanie’s professional interests include P-16 educational access and attainment, racial equity in organizations, and arts and cultural programming.

A native of Minneapolis, Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in educational studies and music from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has also completed graduate-level coursework in higher education, public policy, and program evaluation at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Prior to joining Wilder Research, Stephanie worked in college admissions coordinating the recruitment of U.S. students of color and addressing issues of college access and persistence for underrepresented populations. Stephanie has served as President of the Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color (MnACC), a nonprofit volunteer network dedicated to supporting staff in higher education and making college access a reality for Minnesota’s students of color.

Outside of Wilder, you may find Stephanie exploring the many beautiful parks and outdoor spaces around Minnesota or playing, listening to, and/or dancing to music of all kinds.