Date of Award

12-2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Executive Leadership

First Supervisor

C. Michael Robinson

Second Supervisor

Theresa Pulos

Abstract

Najah Salaam Jennings-Bey is a longtime resident of Syracuse, NY with roots in NYC. She graduated from the Syracuse City School District and has dedicated her life to social justice for unserved and underserved communities. Growing up in a high-crime, gang-populated neighborhood, Salaam Jennings-Bey experienced, firsthand, the negative impact of street violence. Despite the psychological and emotional challenges associated with living in a high-crime neighborhood, her motivation to graduate from high school was to give back to her community. Education was the vehicle. For over 15 years, Salaam Jennings-Bey has served urban and rural communities throughout Central New York in the field of education as a Spanish teacher in Grades 9-12, as an Academic Dean of a high school, a Program Coordinator for high school students at risk of not graduating, and as a Vice Principal. Mrs. Salaam Jennings-Bey attended Lemoyne College from 1999 to 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Communication in 2001. She attended Lemoyne College from 2005 to 2008 and graduated with a Master of Science degree in in Teaching in 2008. In addition, Mrs. Salaam Jennings-Bey received a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building Leadership in 2012. She came to St. John Fisher College in the fall of 2013 and began doctoral studies in the Ed.D. Program in Executive Leadership. Mrs. Salaam Jennings-Bey pursued her research in the psychosocial impact of street violence on older adolescents and on their academic performance under the direction of Dr. C. Michael Robinson and Dr. Theresa Pulos and received the Ed.D. Degree in 2015.

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