Zipi DiamondGraduate Student

Zipi Diamond is pursuing a Master of Science in Human Ecology, with a focus on supporting families with young children. She is passionate about using qualitative research to amplify families’ voices and to inform meaningful programmatic and policy changes to support families. She also hopes to learn best practices for community-based or participatory research. More specifically, Zipi is interested in the early care and education (ECE) system, including quality improvement for child care programs, family engagement, and the impacts of COVID-19 on the ECE system.

In addition to being a graduate student, Zipi is a Senior Research Analyst at Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. At Child Trends, Zipi manages and supports federal and state-level research and evaluation projects about the early care and education system.

Zipi received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies from St. Olaf College. While at St. Olaf, Zipi conducted research on college students’ health and well-being. She also conducted an independent study on the sociology of assisted reproductive technologies. During the summers, she was an assistant preschool teacher and an intern for The Human Rights Campaign on an initiative to improve LGBTQ+ competency and inclusivity among adoption and foster care agencies.


  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • MS Human Ecology


  • BA, Sociology/Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies, St. Olaf College