Dr. Eva Marie Shivers is a proud, third generation South Phoenix resident. Dr. Shivers is a nationally recognized researcher on issues related to culture, community, and family and child development. Prior to relocating to Arizona and founding the Indigo Cultural Center, Dr. Shivers was a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Education, Psychological Studies in Education. Dr. Shivers also holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, and a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University.
She has presented her research throughout the country and has numerous peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Shivers also provides research consultation to federal, state and local policy makers – especially around the issues of how to create culturally responsive and equitable early childhood systems.
Dr. Shivers has a dual identity as scholar and artist. She has danced professionally in Phoenix, New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. She has taught dance and musical theater in community settings for more than three decades.