Dr. Derek Greenfield currently serves as Director of Educational Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator/Assistant Professor of Sociology at Alcorn State University, the nation’s oldest historically Black public land-grant university. Under his leadership, Alcorn has garnered national attention for its diversity and inclusion efforts, including becoming the only four-year HBCU and first school in Mississippi to earn the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine. Furthermore, as a testament to his talents as an educator and dedication to students, Dr. Greenfield has been included five times on the list of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, received Faculty of the Year honors in a previous position at Shaw University, and was named as Faculty of the Year by the Student Government Association at Alcorn in his first year. His innovative course, “Hip-Hop and American Society,” has been featured twice in Source magazine representing the first college course in the nation exclusively devoted to hip-hop culture. Prior to beginning his career in higher education, Dr. Greenfield spent seven years as an award-winning youth worker in inner-city Chicago. He has published several academic papers on issues related to diversity and innovative teaching and is author of the widely acclaimed motivational book, The Answer is in Your Hands.
A nationally requested speaker on a range of topics from cultural diversity to motivation to youth empowerment, Dr. Greenfield has successfully worked with clients ranging from Hilton Hotels to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.