Dr. LaDonna Young
Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics
Southwest Tennessee Community College
LaDonna R. Young is the Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics at Southwest Tennessee Community College (Memphis, TN). With over 20 years of teaching and administration experience in higher education, Dr. Young’s career has centered around two defining themes: 1) developing successful and innovative programs for minoritized, underrepresented, and historically marginalized student populations and 2) developing, coaching, and empowering the faculty and professionals charged to educate them. Dr. Young’s entrepreneurial leadership led to the creation of The Office of High Impact Practices and Innovation (HIPI) and, most recently, the Gatekeeper Faculty Fellowship, which is a multi-year, faculty-driven initiative targeted at closing the equity gaps in the College’s Top 20 Gatekeeper (Gateway) courses. LaDonna’s passion for teaching, developing cultural competency skills from a global perspective, and highly-sought-after consulting expertise has afforded her opportunities to travel in a professional capacity to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, Paris, France, and Sydney, Australia, Denmark, and Rome, Italy. Her research interests focus on social justice education, culturally responsive pedagogy, educator fragility, and abolitionist teaching and leadership.
Thinker. Strategist. Story-teller. Social Justice Leader/ Educator. Dr. Young helps people and institutions see the humanity behind the policy, pedagogy, and systemic practices and procedures that perpetuate inequities and opportunity gaps for minoritized, historically marginalized students of color.
Dr. Young earned her Bachelor’s from Christian Brothers University and Masters of Arts in Teaching and her Ed. D. in Higher and Adult Education at the University of Memphis.