Spandana Pavuluri

Spandana Pavuluri



Louisville, KY

Senior Advisor


Spandana Pavuluri is at Vanderbilt University in the class of 2027 pursuing Public Policy on the pre-law track, and she graduated in 2023 from duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY.

She joined the Kentucky Student Voice Team in the wake of school closures due to the pandemic in May 2020 and eventually became the project lead for the Coping With COVID Peer-to-Peer Study. With experience in Youth Participatory Action Research and her involvement within the Kentucky Student Voice Team, she is passionate about students' role in improving and influencing education decision-making.

Beyond KSVT, she is involved in the Vanderbilt Student Government Executive Cabinet and Professor Andres Pinedo's Youth and Society Research Lab.

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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