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Women's History Month

Profiles in Leadership


Dawn Hinton, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology/Director of the Center for Academic Innovation and Online Learning



1. What is your name and profession?

Dawn Hinton, Professor of Sociology/Director of the Center for Academic Innovation and Online Learning

2. What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

It is a celebration of the contributions of women to our society.

3. As a woman, in what ways have you struggled to get to where you are today and how did you overcome those struggles?

It is impossible for me to separate race and gender. As a Black Woman there are many struggles that are associated with occupying these social locations. Among these struggles is the underestimation of the contributions of Black Women across the diaspora. Although locally these impacts are mitigated by my relationships, overall Black women have been consistently overlooked and underappreciated. I no longer struggle with others perceptions of me, my life experience has taught me that other people’s opinions of me is none of my business. I live my big life in a way that bring me pleasure and joy, regardless of the perceptions of others.

4. What advice do you have for young women who are aspiring to follow their dreams?

Own your awesomeness. Never allow the perceptions of others to limit or determine what is possible for you.

5. As a woman in your position, how have you fought for equity in the workplace and for other women?

I live my life authentically. I recognize the contributions and value of others who I work with and encourage them to live their truths.

6. Who was your role model and how did they change your life?

My mother is my role model. She worked for General Motors for 38 years before retiring. She was a single mother of 4, who sent all to college and provided a stable household for all of us. She changed my life by her example.

7. What is your hope for the next generation of women and girls?

Own your awesomeness. Never allow the perceptions of others to limit or determine what is possible for you.