Spandana Pavuluri

Spandana Pavuluri

Senior Advisor

Spandana Pavuluri (she/her) is the Kentucky Student Voice Team's General Research Coordinator and a member of the board of directors.


Spandana Pavuluri (she/her) is a senior at duPont Manual High School. Her Kentucky Student Voice Team-related passions primarily lie within the team's education research work, and she is the General Research Coordinator and head of the team's Coping with COVID Student-to-Student Study. She wants to shed light on the responses of thousands of authentic student voices and support the idea of intergenerational, student-led research. Within KSVT, she also is a part of the collaborative leadership circle (a.k.a. "the unicorns"), and has supported KSVT's Measurement, Assessment and Accountability and American Rescue Plan initiatives. She further serves as a member of the KSVT's board.

Outside of KSVT, Spandana works in other education-centered programs such as the Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Advisory Council where she has worked on multiple Mental Health Roundtables. She is also heavily involved with a local, student-run nonprofit called STEMY which works to break the socioeconomic, racial, and gender barri- ers within Louisville’s STEM education. Within the programs she is part of, she always tries to center equity and authentic student voice.

In her free time, Spandana enjoys dinners with friends, listening to music, and driving. She is a massive Phoebe Bridgers fan and Gilmore Girls enthusiast!

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Notable Contributions

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Coping With Covid in Kentucky Part II: A Call to Action for Post-Online Learning


The second in our Coping With Covid series, this report includes quotes that underscore that while school districts were forced to quickly pivot to online learning for student safety, many could have better addressed both student and educator needs.

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Race To Learn


This study distills the results from the 10,725 Kentucky middle and high school students from 114 counties who took our Race, Ethnicity, and School Climate Student Survey.

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The Co-Creation Generation


We partnered with the Institute for Citizens & Scholars to release a report about intergenerational partnership. The report and tools are meant to help young people and adults build teams that center youth voice to build coalitions and communities.

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Coping with COVID-19


When Kentucky schools shut down due to coronavirus in the spring of 2020, we pivoted our school-level school climate work to design a relevant state-wide research study and recieved nearly 13,000 student responses from all of Kentucky's counties.

KSVT Adds Students & Adult Allies to Board


Thirteen students and two adult allies were appointed Directors of the Kentucky Student Voice Team on Friday. The intergenerational Board of Directors reflects KSVT’s mission to promote more democratic schools and communities.

Kentucky Students Report Strong Mental Health Impact of Pandemic Disruption in Statewide Survey


Get Schooled Podcast, Student stories from across KY

Putting the Extra into Extracurriculars: How Outside of School Activities Impact Students