Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow comes to Voorhees

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Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow comes to Voorhees

March 27, 2019

Judith Berry Griffin, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, will be visiting Voorhees College March 31-April 4.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is a private non-profit operating foundation based in Princeton, New Jersey. It administers programs that support leadership development and build organizational capacity in education.

Her visit is hosted by the Voorhees College Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) and sponsored by the Carolina Career Pathway Cluster. As founding president of the Pathways to College program, Griffin will be helping Voorhees enhance competencies of the program through interaction with students, faculty, and staff.

Pathways to College is a national after school initiative to help high-potential students of color develop critical thinking skills and habits of mind that make achieving a college education an attainable goal, thereby encouraging school-wide improvement and reform. Since its inception as a 501(C) 3 organization in 2004, the program has served close to 5,000 students. In addition to entering local colleges and universities, Pathways graduates also earn admission to highly competitive nationally recognized institutions including Smith College, Howard University, Spelman College, Yale University, and the University of Chicago.

The combined experience as an education administrator and leader, consultant, author, and lecturer, led her to establish The Ophelia J. Berry Fund in 2003. The Ophelia J. Berry Fund was created to build a long-term solution to the challenge of making college education an attainable goal for high potential students of color in underserved communities.

Prior to her current role, Griffin served as national president from 1983 to 2003 of A Better Chance, a non-profit organization with the goal of helping more talented young people of color to become well-educated by attending high-achieving boarding, day, and public schools in the United States. In addition, she served in the U.S. Department of Education as assistant to the assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education. 

Griffin is the author of several acclaimed books for children, the most recent of which, “Phoebe the Spy,” was a nominee for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award. She was awarded the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in education in 2008 and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Gettysburg College in 2011. Griffin earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago, which in 2001 awarded her its Professional Achievement Citation. She holds an additional graduate degree from Columbia University.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu.  

Judith Berry Griffin