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Director, Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
Higher Education Administration ● Black Male Leadership ● Youth Empowerment ● Male Ex-offenders ● Mentoring & Leadership ● Prison to School Pipeline ● Strategies for College Success

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Chicago State University Dissertation
Title: The Career Trajectory of Black Male Presidents of Predominantly White Institutions

● 2017 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Outstanding Dissertation Award
● 2017 American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Dissertation Award Honorable Mention

Masters of Liberal Studies, Indiana University at Fort Wayne Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University at Fort Wayne

Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University at Fort Wayne


Student Success Specialist
Moraine Valley Community College 2015-Present
Student Affairs

Student Teaching Coordinator
College of Education
Chicago State University, Chicago, IL 2010-2015

Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL 2016-Present

Volunteer Instructor 2016-Present
Cook County Department of Corrections
Black Male Leadership

Sister Jean Hughes Adult High School, Chicago, IL 2014-2017

Additional Information

Research Experience

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Scott, D. (2017). Developing the prison-to-school pipeline: A paradigmatic shift in educational possibilities during an age of mass incarceration. Journal of Correctional Education, 68(3).

Scott, D. (2016). Recruiting and retaining African American male administrators at predominantly White Institutions. Urban Education Research and Policy Annuals, 4(1), 39-46.

Scott, D, & Hines, R. (2014). Rethinking and reframing leadership of historically Black colleges and universities: A distributed perspective. Creative Education, 5(13), 1132-1139.


Fronczek, W., Gray, S., Hannon, T., Hayes, T., Jenkins, J., Mackey, L., Madi-McCarthey, S., Scott, D. (2020). Strategies for College Success: Engage. Persist. Graduate. COL-101. Plymouth, MI: Macmillan Learning Curriculum Solutions.

Book Chapters

Seo, B., Scott, D.., & E. Petchuaer, E. (2017). Becoming a Black institution: Refining teacher education through demographic changes. In E. Petchauer & L. Mawhinney (Eds.), Teacher education across minority-serving institutions: Programs, policies, and social justice. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Book Reviews

Scott, D. (2017). A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women: African Muslim Women in the Movement for Black Self-Determination, 1950-1975, by Bayyinah S. Jefferies. Latham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014, 173 pp., $85.00 hardback.

Selected Editorial Articles

Scott, D. (2017, August). Black Feminism is Not Your Enemy. Abernathy Magazine.

Scott, D. (2017, March). An Improved Society through Better Masculinities. The Good Men Project.

Scott, D. (2016). What I Learned Teaching Black Men at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.
Abernathy Magazine. https://abernathymagazine.com/teaching-black-men-at-cook-county-jail-in…

Selected Conference Presentations

Khan, S., Nagle, R., & Scott, D. “Evaluation of a Pilot Program to Restrict Online Withdrawal in Gateway Courses,” presented at the National Symposium on Student Retention, Destin, Florida, November 7, 2017

Scott, D. “March Madness, May Sadness: Enhancing the Educational Success of Black Male Student Athletes,” presented at the 14th Annual Males of Color Empowerment and Retention Conference, Baltimore, MD, October 27, 2016

Humbles, A., & Scott, D, “Advancing Student Achievement Through Peer-Mentoring and Financial Literacy Instruction,” presented at League for Innovation in the Community College’s National Conference, Chicago, IL, March 20, 2016.

Scott, D. “A Phenomenological Examination of Black Male Leadership in Higher Education,” presented at 4 the Center for Scholastic Inquiry 2015 Fall International Academic Research Conference, Charleston, SC, October 28, 2015

Humbles, A., & Scott, D. “From Senior to Freshman: Easing Transitions Through Mentoring and Leadership,” presented at the 22nd National Conference on Students in Transition, Baltimore, MD, October 17, 2015.

Scott, D. “Exploring Black Female Leadership in Higher Education” accepted for presentation at the 2015 Black Doctoral Network Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 9, 2015

Scott, L., & Scott, D. “Understanding Today’s HBCUs through Student Perspectives, Enrollment Trends, and Leadership Models,” accepted for presentation at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 2015 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 25, 2015.

Scott, D. “Leading Ladies: An Examination of Black Female Administrators in Higher Education,” accepted for presentation at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 2015 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 24, 2015.

Scott, D. “From Inmate to In-Class: Critical Pedagogy Aimed at Curtailing Recidivism,” to be presented at the 2015 Critical Race Studies in Education Association Conference, Nashville, TN, May 29, 2015.

Scott, D. “Prison-to-School Pipeline: Critically Examining Formal Education Among Black Ex-Offenders, to be presented at the Northwestern Black Graduate Student Association’s 17th
Annual Graduate Research Conference, Evanston, IL, April 24, 2015.

Scott, D. “Diversifying Academic Leadership: Targeting Black Males as Presidents of Predominantly White Institutions,” accepted for presentation at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Conference, Charleston, SC, April 9, 2015.

Scott, D. “Educating the Uneducable: Teaching at an Adult High School for Formerly Incarcerated High School Dropouts,” presented at the Midwest Association of Teacher Educators Conference, Lafayette, IN, March 27, 2015.

Scott, D. “Black Men at the Helm: African American Male Presidents of Predominantly White Colleges and Universities,” presented at the National Council for Black Studies Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 11, 2015.

Scott, D. “Successfully Preparing Low-Income, Underserved, Minority College Students for Careers in Teaching: An Urban University’s Practices,” presented at the Illinois Association for Teacher Educator’s Annual Meeting, Peoria, IL, November 7, 2014.

Room B 163
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Appointments available by request
Valentina Gamboa-Turner
Associate Director
Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
Latinx Student Success

M.A Community and Teacher Leaders, June 2018

Northeastern Illinois University, College of Education, Chicago, Ill.

Course work includes Education as a Social Institution, Critical Race Theory, The Urban World, Digital Literacy, Research Methods and Power, Communities and Change.

B.A. Women Studies Major, June 1999

Knox College, Galesburg, Ill.

McNair Fellow, Founding Cohort of Women Studies Major, Minor in Black Studies, President of Lo Nuestro Latina/o student organization, resident and founding committee member for the Islamic House.


Experienced educator, researcher and project manager with more than 25 years of experience facilitating, designing and delivering within a diverse network of; K-12 schools, universities, and established neighborhood organizations throughout Chicago.

Facilitated: service-learning practicum for college of education
Designed: college/career pathways programing
Delivered: evidence-based healing-centered seminars with an inclusive collaborative design model 

Additional Information
  • Advisory Board for the Master of Arts in Community and Teacher Leaders, member 
  • The People’s Education Movement, Chicago, founding member
  • Kuumba Lynx 2, YWLC’s performing arts collective, co- creative director
  • Free Street Theater Company, writer and actor
  • School Community Advisory Council, Gallistel Language Academy, committee member,
  • Block Club, member
  • South Chicago Advisory Committee, community member

Room B 176
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
United States

Office Hours
By appointment
Fawn Pochel Native American Garb
Coordinator of Gender & Sexuality; Indigenous/Native American Community Relations
Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
Gender & Sexuality; Indigenous/Native American Community Relations

Graduate Student Enlace Higher Education Master’s Program Leaders, Cohort 13 
Northeastern Illinois University, College Of Education, Chicago, Ill.

B.A. History, May 2021
Northeastern Illinois University, College Of Education, Chicago, Ill.


Experienced educator, organizer and project coordinator with over decade of experience working with community organizations, programs, activists, and scholars to build networks of solidarity that strive to end educational inequity with the goal of contributing to the educational sovereignty, healing, and well-being of under-represented communities.

Additional Information
  • Member of NEIU’s Inaugural Land and Labor Acknowledgment Committee
  • Chi-Nations Youth Council, Chicago, founding member
  • First Nations Garden, Chicago, Co-Founder
  • Teacher Testimony Project, contributing writer
Office Hours
By appointment
Alex Gonzalez
Business Manager
Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
Administrative; Business Operations; Media Production; Event Coordination, Student Support, Marketing

M.F.A. École Internationale du Creation Audiovisuelle et Realisation, 2007-2009, Paris, France

B.F.A. International Academy of Design and Technology 2000-2004, Chicago, Illinois


Movie Production and Digital Media

Additional Information

Fluent in Spanish, English, and French

Office Hours
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.