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T.D. Wilkins

T.D. Wilkins
Director of Education & Human Potential

“For every masculine presenting or gender non-conforming black woman for whom “…there are no such things as models,” we “create our models,” as Bell Hooks challenges, to “imagine, describe, and invent ourselves in ways that are liberatory.”

Dr. T.D. Wilkins (“T”) earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2014. She became a Program Manager at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity after 14 years of public school teaching, working with public school students of color in preparing for and applying to selective colleges and universities across the country. Dr. Wilkins was Coordinator of the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse College Success Program at the Boys and Girls Club, beginning her post-secondary teaching career at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) as a Writing Assistant, then later an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at BMCC and several other colleges and universities before joining Girl Be Heard. Her interests include: curriculum design that transforms organizational design, mentorship, youth development, writing pedagogy, educational technology, HIPs pedagogy, Black female leadership, social justice and college access advocacy for students of color, LGBTQIA identified students of color, girls and young women.

Her passions are classic cars like her old 1966 Chrysler Newport, Mrs. Cooper, Afrobeat and late 1990’s to the mid 2000s hip hop; wearing bright colors, patterns, textures; books, art, films, food, anything that explore representations of blackness everywhere.