Dr. Deniece Dortch is a nationally recognized higher education scholar-practitioner known for her commitment to diversity, social justice and activism.

        She uses critical phenomenological approaches to understanding how historically underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students experience and respond to race and racism at predominantly white institutions. Dr. Dortch’s research has been published in the Journal of Negro Education, Teachers College Record, NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education, New Directions in Higher Education, and the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education.

        With more than ten years of professional experience in higher education, she has created and developed numerous programs to support the retention and holistic development of undergraduate and graduate students across the country. In support of her work in diversity, equity and inclusion, Dr. Dortch was recently awarded the Bringing Theory to Practice Grant from the American Association of Colleges and Universities which focuses on a racial justice dialogue series designed to engage participants in racial justice allyism, advocacy, and community-building. Dr. Dortch has presented her empirical research and her work on high-impact programs and practices nationally. She has served on numerous committees and advisor boards. Currently she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at George Washington University where she teaches both masters and doctoral level students on critical issues in socialization, literature, administration, and intercultural leadership. Dr. Dortch is a returned United States Peace Corps Volunteer who served in both Morocco and Jamaica.

        Dr. Dortch holds a Ph.D. in Higher & Postsecondary Education Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an Ed.M. in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, a M.A.in Intercultural Service, Diversity Leadership & Management from the School for International Training in Vermont and a B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.


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