Changemakers: Careers Beyond the Classroom with Dean Lane

Presented on: April 5th at 6:00 PM EDT

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Please join the College of Education, Health, & Society Dean Jason Lane for a conversation with EHS alumni Dr. Deena Chisolm ‘90, Robert J. Hendricks III ‘11, Jeffrey Crane Graham ‘13, and Jocelynn Hubbard ‘06 about their paths to careers beyond the classroom.  Whether in a classroom, running a non-profit, advancing medical research, or managing a set during production, these alumni have used the transferable skills they learned as educators to create a path that is inspiring and impactful outside of the four walls of a classroom. 

Robert J. Hendricks III '11 earned a B.S. in Middle Childhood Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Miami University in 2011. After a stint as the Founding Program Director at Booker T. Washington Community Center, he moved to Boston and held various roles in a high school, including special education, Dean of Students, Director of Student Engagement, and Assistant Principal. He also developed and taught Ethnic Studies and Financial Literacy as college-style courses while he was an administrator. In 2018, Robert founded He is Me Institute -- a national nonprofit that aims to recruit, retain, and retire Black men in teaching. Simultaneously, he started a company to provide consultation services to education organizations such as Thrive Chicago and 4.0 Schools. His niche expertise is frequently called upon, as he often presents at conferences, sits on panels, and participates in research. Robert currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of UpLIFT, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), and the Treasurer of the Board of Lilla G. Frederick Middle School (Boston, MA). 

Dr. Deena Chisolm '90 is the Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Equity Research, Director of the Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research, and Vice-President for Health Services Research in the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on improving health and healthcare for children and families with over 100 peer-reviewed publications on pediatric health services, outcomes, and disparities. Her current projects explore how health literacy, health policy, and social factors influence the health of at-risk adolescents transitioning to adulthood. Her research is funded by agencies including the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Chisolm is the immediate past Chairman of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and serves as a Board member for the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. She earned her B.S. in Biological Science Education from Miami University, M.S. in Preventive Medicine, and Doctorate in Public Health from The Ohio State University.

Jocelynn Hubbard '06 is the founder and managing director of Custom Teaching Solutions, LLC. She has 16 years of experience in education as an educator, speaker, professional development creator and facilitator. Driven by a passion to see the diverse people of our world feel welcomed, affirmed, and celebrated, she provides training on becoming and remaining culturally competent. As a wife and mother of five, her goals include squeezing in time for exercise, finding moments of joy each day, and parenting each of her children as unique individuals.

Jocelynn received a B.S. in Education from Miami University (OH) and an MA in Education from The University of North Carolina – Pembroke. She also has a graduate certificate in Gifted & Talented instruction from The University of North Carolina – Charlotte.

Website:  Podcast: The Culture-Centered Classroom -  LinkedIn: Custom Teaching Solutions, LLC -   Instagram: @iTeachCustom -

Jeffrey Crane Graham ‘13 is a digital producer and filmmaker. As a writer, he optioned a half-hour comedy which was eventually produced. That pilot presentation was screened at multiple festivals and won an award of excellence from the Best Shorts Film Festival, among others. His coming-of-age comedy feature SHIPLIFE was featured on Franklin Leonard’s Black List website in 2016. Jeff co-created and hosted “The Unproduced Table Read” a podcast on Maria Menounos’ online broadcast network, Popcorn Talk, and currently produces and co-hosts “The Screenwriting Life” podcast with Oscar-nominated writer Meg LeFauve, and showrunner Lorien McKenna. Guests include Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, Bestselling writer Anne Lamott, and Men In Black creator Ed Solomon. This year, Jeffrey directed his first feature, Always, Lola from a script he wrote on and around Miami University’s campus. The feature is in post-production with a 2022 festival rollout plan.

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