Samantha-Rae Dickenson, EdD, MPH

Samantha-Rae Dickenson

Samantha-Rae Dickenson, EdD, MPH

Principal Strategist
Portfolio for Blacks

Dr. Samantha-Rae Dickenson, is a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion strategist with professional and educational experience in varying industries including Biomedical Science & Research, Public Health, and Education. Dr. Dickenson was a Career Development Lead at ORWH prior to joining EDI. She has worked in the non-profit sector as a DEI strategist to lead the development of Save the Children’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 3-year strategy. She has also worked as a Senior Accreditation Specialist to assess compliance of accreditation policies related to cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, and financial planning for public health graduate and undergraduate schools/programs. Dr. Dickenson has also been a guest on the Roland Martin show where she discussed systemic racism and the negative stereotypes and unconscious biases Black people face. As a Black, immigrant, woman with intersecting identities, she has the first-hand experience in adapting to environments that are different from her own and enjoys actively creating spaces where people feel comfortable showing up as their authentic selves.

Dr. Dickenson has a diverse educational background which includes a liberal arts associates degree, a BS in Biology, and a MS in Public Health. Dr. Dickenson graduated from the University of New England as the youngest doctoral graduate from the Educational Leadership and Organizational Management Program. Her research focused on the effects of racial microaggressions on Black female government workers' work performance, and methods to reduce microaggressions in the workplace. She also talks about Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, Intersectionality and unconscious bias in her research.

In her spare time Dr. Dickenson enjoys cooking and trying new recipes.