Award-winning Jamaican born educator and transformational leader Dr. Karren Dunkley is making a bid for a seat on the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC), which will be established in January. Dr. Dunkley is an internationally recognized educator who has served in various high-profile leadership positions in New York City and Philadelphia. In 2016, she received the prestigious Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Principal’s Leadership Award, recognizing her as one of the seven best principals in Philadelphia.
Currently, Dr. Dunkley is one of the most successful educators in the United States, and one of the most internationally recognized Jamaican-born educators. Dr. Dunkley is the recipient of the Tuskegee University Education Advocacy Award, Omega Psi Phi Education Achievement Award, Philadelphia OIC’s Impact Award, and the Team Jamaica Bickle Community Educator Award.
The daughter of a clerical officer in the Postal Service, Barbara Carmeta Bowen-Dunkley, and an insurance salesman, Melvyn Duncan Dunkley, Dr. Dunkley came from humble beginnings in Ensom City, Spanish Town. She’s a graduate of St. Catherine High School and Wolmers Girls (Sixth Form).
Dr. Dunkley has made herself available to seek representation for the approximately one million Jamaicans who live in the United States Diaspora as the Northeast Representative. Her charitable contributions in the field of education, women’s empowerment, and community development are enormous, with visible impact in the United States and rural and urban Jamaica.
As the northeast representative for the GJDC, Dr. Dunkley will focus on working with the government and people of Jamaica to address issues such as education, skills training, and entrepreneurship, youth empowerment, access to clean water for every household, and community development.
Dr. Dunkley holds a doctorate in Urban Education with a concentration in Organization and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University; Masters degrees in both Political Science and Education Leadership from St. John’s University and Teachers College, Columbia University, respectively, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Education from St. John’s University.
Jamaicans in the Diaspora must register NOW or by November 27, 2019, to be eligible to vote when voting begins on December 1, 2019. “It only takes 2 minutes to register.
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