Dr. Jason Oliver Chang was appointed to the Board of Education in the summer of 2020 during the height of the pandemic to answer the call to serve his community during this challenging time.
Dr. Chang is Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut where he serves as the Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. He oversees faculty research and manages the curriculum for three degree programs. He is an award winning teacher and scholar with a commitment to public service. In January of 2021, Dr. Chang founded Make Us Visible CT, a campaign to bring Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies to our state's schools via a model K-8 curriculum, which, through bipartisan support, is now law. With additional scholarly expertise in Native American, African American, Latino, and LGBTQIA Studies, he brings academic breadth to assessing our school district's curricular priorities, evaluating student disparities, and supporting teacher and staff diversity and preparation.
His commitments to anti-racism and equity are evident in his research and published work, service at the University of Connecticut as well as being recognized by Governor Lamont, appointed to the State's Hate Crimes Advisory Council as well as the Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board. He aims to continue this work with the Board of Education.
Dr. Chang earned his Doctorate in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California Berkeley (2010) and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts (2005). He has lived in Connecticut since 2011 with his partner Julie Choffel, the former Poet Laureate of West Hartford, and their three children Cora, Omi, and Leo who attend Charter Oak International Academy and Sedgwick Middle School.