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Global Institute for Equity, Inclusion, and Civil Rights

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The Global Institute for Equity, Inclusion, and Civil Rights at Delaware State University (‘The Institute’) is a network designed to develop and share proven pathways for transforming communities of color and “closing the gap to an inclusive economy.”

The Institute imagines a world in which disadvantaged communities and individuals share in a future of economic prosperity based on sustainable practices and the benefits of improved education, healthcare, housing, technology, and political participation. Its researchers, partners, and affiliated organizations create shared value and social infrastructure through community and economic development; case studies; market data; analytics; and participants’ actual lived experiences, particularly in our global communities of color.​

Statement of Purpose

The world faces a complex set of global challenges: environment and natural resource security; agriculture and food; health risks; and a rapidly changing world economy and competitive landscape. Solutions will require a convergence of approaches which brings expertise from the natural, physical, and social science disciplines to address every facet of these challenges.


The Institute is an associated organization in the University Foundation capable of serving many roles including garnering resources, developing partnerships, engaging in research, and stimulating activism. It has emerged through the sustained efforts of many University leaders, including: ​

  • Dr. Michael Casson, Dean, College of Business
  • Dr. Sonel Y. Shropshire, Associate Vice President, Global Institute
  • Dr. Saundra DeLauder, Provost ​and Chief Academic Officer
  • Dr. Dorothy Dillard, Director, Center for Neighborhood Revitalization and Research
  • Ezrah Aharone, Professor and Director, Center for Global Africa
  • Dr. Patrice Gilliam-Johnson Dean, School of Graduate, Adult, and Extended Studies
  • Dr. Akwasi Osei, Interim Dean, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences (CHESS)
  • Dr. Vita Pickrum, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • Dr. Young-Sik Kwak, Chair and Professor,  Accounting Economics, and Finance
  • Dr. Derrick Scott, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences and Executive Director, DSU Molecular Diagnostics Lab
  • Dr. Scott-Jones, Dean, Wesley College of Health and Behavioral Science
  • Dr. Winstead, Dean, College of Agriculture, Science, and Technology

The Institute primarily focuses on three areas:​

  • Equity: an environment built on the respect for and dignity of all human beings that seeks to ensure equality of opportunity and fairness in access to information and resources for all.​
  • Inclusion: a culture that cultivates and encourages the voices and contributions of all, while working to ensure that every person’s voice is valued and that public dialogues, policy making, and implementation occur in an atmosphere that strives to achieve balance in the face of power differences.​
  • Civil Rights: a framework of law, tradition, and practice that actively protects all people from discrimination based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, wealth, national origin, or religion, that includes not only the prohibition of such discrimination but also accessible remedies under the law.

The Centers in the Global Institute

Center for Neighborhood Revitalization Research

The Center for Neighborhood Revitalization and Research bridges the research practice gap by serving as a practicing academic partner with communities, nonprofit and other social service providers, and government agencies involved in community and neighborhood revitalization.

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Center for Health Disparities

The Center for Health Disparities is focused on the solution-based research for understanding the disparate impact of disease and infection on communities if color. The Center is anchored in the University’s new Molecular Diagnostic and Human Genomic testing lab.

Dr. Derrick Scott, Director 
804.721.1231 (Cell)
dscott [at] desu.edu

Academy of Healing Trauma Institute

The Trauma Institute supports professionals to skillfully address adverse childhood experiences, race-based trauma, community violence, and organizational trauma.

Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones, Director and Assistant Dean of the College of Health & Behavioral Sciences​
302.857.6664 ​
302.331.6105 (Cell)
gscottjones [at] desu.edu

Center for Global Africa

Working with the African Union, the Center for Global Africa is designed to connect and advance the mutual capacity of Africa, the Diaspora, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to devise institutional collaborations to foster joint 21st-century progress.

The CGA is developing a comprehensive Business Plan that incorporates joint CGA-APRM Action Steps as determined at our 2020 Conference that will formally align the CGA with AU and APRM objectives.  We are now in discussions to finalize content for this document which will outline specific goals and assign revenue projections.  However, here are other CGA goals that we intend to monetize and strengthen each year: ​

  • Consult on National Development Programs (future and long-term action items towards Agenda 2063)​
  • Create courses and certificate programs to build capacity and workforce skills​
  • Pair our HBCU capabilities and professor expertise with African development needs​
  • Create Roundtable of Industry and Institutional Partners

Ezrah Aharone Director ​
732.648.9778 (Cell)​
eaharone [at] desu.edu