A Quartet of African Americans Scholars Who Are Taking on New Roles

Leelannee Malin, a lecturer in the School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C., has been named president of the Women in Sports and Entertainment D.C. Chapter. She will be the first African American to lead the organization as president.

Dr. Malin holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media arts from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s degree in organizational communications from Bowie State University in Maryland, and a Ph.D. in mass communications media studies from Howard University.

Chris Lebron has been named the inaugural senior writer of the North Star, the recently relaunched publication originally founded by Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany in 1847. Dr. Lebron is an associate professor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is the author of The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in Our Time (Oxford University Press, 2013) and The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Dr. Lebron is a graduate of Baruch College of the City University of New York, where he double majored in political science and philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John Gates has been named vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He will also serve as a clinical professor in the Krannert School of Management. He was the inaugural associate dean for diversity, inclusion, and engagement strategy in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Gates holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, a master’s degree in higher education administration from New York University, and a Ph.D. in leadership and organizational behavior from the University of London.

Monica Baskin has been named president of Jefferson County Health Partnership, a community health-oriented collaboration of more than 80 organizations around Jefferson County, Alabama. She is a professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine and the associate director of Community Outreach and Engagement at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Baskin is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta where she double majored in psychology and sociology. She holds a master’s degree in community counseling and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology both from Georgia State University.


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