Jodi Lynn Merriday, M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.
jodi@jodimerriday.com
(678) 428-9260

EDUCATION

Ph.D. African-American Studies, 1/06
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
Major Field: African/African-American Studies
Minor Field: African/African-American Culture and Aesthetics
Dissertation: “Hip-Hop HERStory: African-American Women in Hip-Hop Cultural Production and Music from Margins to Center.”
Field of Expertise: Culture and Aesthetics in the African Diaspora
Foreign Language Reading and Writing Proficiency: Spanish
Dissertation Chair: Ella Forbes, Ph.D.

M.Sc. Development Management, 12/00
London School of Economics and Political Science - London, England
Major Field: Non-Governmental Organizational and Development Management
Minor Field: Post- Colonial Discourse in Development (Race, Culture and Gender)
Dissertation: “Humanitarianism Retrograde: To what extent have contemporary discourses regarding complex emergencies eroded the founding vision of UN neutrality?”
Dissertation Chair: David Keen, Ph.D.

M.A. Sociology, 8/95
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
Major Field: Sociology
Minor Field: City and Urban Planning

B.A. Sociology, 5/92
Hampton University - Hampton, VA
Major Field: Sociology of the African-American Experience
Minor: Criminology Thesis: “Is there a Need for African- American Male Schools?”
Thesis Chair: John Hudgins, Ph.D.

EMPLOYMENT

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT | PUBLIC SERVICE

February 2018 – present
Georgia Federation of Public Service Employees – Atlanta, GA
Director of Professional Development – Manages professional development, training and member exposure to industry trends and best practices that maximize work performance and career mobility.

September 2015 – present
Southern Belle Promotions, LLC – Atlanta, GA
Speaker/Facilitator – Provides customized Multicultural, Title IX and Diversity Programming that explores difference and teaches five essential tools that bridge social and emotional intelligence, managing inclusion and understanding class(ISM), rac(ISM), sex(ISM), homophobia and able(ISM). Moderates crucial conversations that create safe spaces for unpacking prejudice, trending topics, controversial events, social media discourse and personal experiences.

September 2014 – present
Independent Mediations - Atlanta, GA
Neutral – (Mediator and Arbitrator) – Provides Mediation and Arbitration services

July 2014 - August 2016
Atlanta Public Schools – Atlanta, GA
Ombudsman – Established the Office of the Ombudsman and served as the designated neutral for Districtwide escalations. Worked with constituents and directed options to help resolve conflicts, problematic issues and concerns. Provided trend reports to the Superintendent and Board of Education members to surmise systemic issues and opportunities for innovation and improvement. Conducted informal and confidential investigations. Provided impartial recourse and service to 1,600 constituents in 2-year term of service.

March 2014 - June 2014
Atlanta Public Schools – Atlanta, GA
Consultant – Served as liaison and supported the transition of the Atlanta Public Schools Superintendency from Mr. Errol Davis to Dr. Maria Carstarphen.

January 2014 - March 2014
Office of Atlanta City Council President, Ceasar Mitchell – Atlanta, GA
Senior Advisor/Strategist - Facilitated Strategic Planning Retreat. Completed Asset Inventory, Role Alignment, and Community Engagement Model.

June 2013 - December 2013
Ceasar for Our Atlanta, Inc. – Atlanta, GA
Campaign Manager - Managed the re-election campaign of Ceasar Mitchell for Atlanta City Council President.

March 2011 - May 2013
Atlanta Public Schools - Atlanta, GA
Community Outreach Coordinator Douglass High School - Identified and coordinated the delivery of community, corporate and foundation based programming and resources to students and families.

March 2010 - May 2011
Office of the Mayor/Community Foundation - Atlanta, GA
Project Manager (City of Atlanta) Centers of Hope: Served as lead writer of Atlanta’s Cities of Service application to Rockefeller Foundation (received 2011). Engaged stakeholders and non-profit leaders regarding the conceptualization, programmatic framework and implementation of Centers of Hope including: 1) cataloging and meeting with youth development service providers to streamline consideration for programming services; 2) assessing and recommending vendors for partnership with DPRCA; 3) coordinating external stakeholders, elected officials and senior level staff in the Mayor’s office; 4) completing out-of-school time assessments of recreation facilities; and 5) creating an asset report of pilot sites for programming.

June 2009 - January 2010
Kasim Reed for Mayor, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
Director, Special Projects/Senior Advisor: Coordinated outreach, special events, and political mobilization for women, young professionals, parents, and public school advocates. Assisted the coordination of the Get Out the Vote effort, visibility, and fundraising projects as designated (i.e. APS Back to School visibility, Young Professional/Young Atlantans fundraisers). Coordinated the campaign Ambassadors Program, commercials and photo shoots.

June 2007 - September 2008
Clayton County Public School - Jonesboro, GA
Consultant: Designed teacher recruitment and retention strategy program to recruit teachers from partnering Georgia Universities and Colleges to Clayton County.

August 2005 - January 2007
Mark Taylor for Governor - Atlanta, GA

Political Director: Developed and Implemented the Strategic Political Outreach Plan to Democratic constituents for the Mark Taylor for Governor Campaign. Devised a plan and coordinated the capture of young African-American and women voters ages 18-40 through historic organizations, churches, radio personalities, promoters and DJ’s. Served as staffer and as a surrogate at key community events and functions throughout the State of Georgia. Coordinated and Hosted Meet and Greet functions with key constituents, elected officials and community leaders.

February 2000 - February 2001
Georgia State University - Neighborhood Collaborative The Atlanta Project- Atlanta, GA
Assistant Director: Managed the procurement of funds for Programmatic operation and incoming grants. Directed initiatives that supported the university vision of fostering community-university relationships and enhancing the integration of scholarly research and community learning to prepare students for model citizenship.

August 1999 - March 2001
The National Football League (YET) - Atlanta, GA
Managing Director: Developed and managed a comprehensive Academic Curriculum for After-School Programming to at-risk youth. Coordinated and supervised the identification of risk factors and the development of strategic intervention plans. Provided support to the Executive Director in the development and implementation of strategic planning and quarterly employees evaluations.

February 1998 - June 2003
Georgia Department of Family and Children Services - Georgia
Independent Social Services Contractor: Contracted for the completion of Child Life Studies for children whose parental rights had been terminated in Spalding, Clarke, Gwinnett, and Butts County.

February 1998 - March 1999
Jerusalem House - Atlanta, GA
Manager: Managed residential living facility for families with HIV positive caregivers. Provided case management, intervention plans, therapy, and training.

June 1997 - September 1997
Women in Community Service - Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania Samuel Fels Award Recipient
Fellow: Developed, coordinated and implemented a program of volunteerism for Philadelphia Job Cops students.

January 1995 - June 1995
Philadelphia Health Management Corporation - Philadelphia, PA
Case Manager: Provided cases management service to homeless adults and families.

September 1994 - September 1997
Tabor Children Services - Philadelphia, PA
Consultant: Developed a Rites of Passage Program for African-American males awaiting adoption. Contractor: Completed Child Assessments for children in the adoption phase of foster care. Adoption Social Worker: Managed caseload of 25 for adoption finalization. Therapeutic Support/Wrap Around: Coordinated therapeutic family development for youth who were in danger of being placed in more restrictive environments.

ACADEMIA

August, 2012 – August, 2014
Gordon State College – Barnesville, GA
Department: History
Assistant Professor: Courses Taught: United States History 1865 to present; African Diaspora; African-American Experience

September 2000 - January 2014
Clark Atlanta University – Atlanta, GA
Department: African-American Studies/History
Adjunct Lecturer: Course taught (Graduate): African and African-American Music; Course taught: USA Africa World

July 2010 - January 2011
Georgia State University - Atlanta, GA
Department: African-American Studies
Lecturer: Course Taught: African Diaspora

September 1999 - January 2006
Spelman College - Atlanta, GA
Departments: African Diaspora & World, Sociology & Music
Lecturer: Course/s Taught: Africans in the Diaspora and the World; Introduction to Sociology; Social Problems; Hip Hop HERStory; African-American Film; Dialogue across Difference; American Popular Music

July 2003 - July 2004
Spelman College - Atlanta, GA
Office of the President
Special Assistant to the President: Served as the Liaison and Coordinator from the Office of the President to the: 1) launch of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement; 2) year of the African Diaspora; 3) programmatic implementation of LEADS; and 4) design and piloting of the Dialogue Across Difference Course Spring/Fall of 04.

January 1996 - September 1997
Art Institute of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Lecturer: Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology; Culture and Thinking

September 1993 - September 1997
Community College of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Lecturer: Course Taught: Introduction to Sociology

January 1993 - September 1994
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
Department of Sociology
Teaching Assistant - Future Faculty Fellow: Course: Race and Racism

June 1993 - August 1993
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
Assistant to the Director - Temple West Africa: Organized students and academic materials, assisted with in country ventures, handled student placement and concerns.

PRESENTATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Alderson Broaddus University – Philippi, WV. Speaker, “DIVERSITY 101 UNPACKED | UNPLUGGED: Building Bridges to Strengthen Inclusion, Dialogue and Multiculturalism” (August, 2018).

Consolidated School District of New Britain – New Britain, CT. Trainer, “Title IX 101 for the Workplace: Inspiring Achievement, Protecting Rights and Promoting Equity” ” (August, 2018).

Leadership DeKalb – DeKalb, GA. Panel Moderator, “What is Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st Century” (March, 2018)

El Paso Community College – El Paso, TX. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Lemoyne College – Syracuse, NY. Speaker, “The Pink Tax: Esteeming Women, Promoting Equity and Protecting Title IX?) (March, 2018).

Cayuga College (Fulton) – Fulton, NY. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Cayuga College (Auburn) – Auburn, NY. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

St. Bonaventure University – Allegany, NY. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Morrisville College – Morrisville, NY. Speaker, “Can the N and B word be Empowering? WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Lemoyne College – Syracuse, NY. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Sauk Valley Community College – Dixon, IL. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Waubonsee College – Sugar Grove, IL. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): Do All Lives Matter?” (February, 2018).

The Atlanta Jazz Festival – 40 Days of Jazz – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “HERStory: A Tribute to Women in Jazz” (May, 2017).

Collins College – Frisco, TX. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?) Can use of the N- word and B- word be empowering?” (March, 2017).

Georgia Highlands College (Floyd, Cartersville, Marietta, Douglasville, Paulding Campuses) – Georgia. Speaker, “An Exploration of Race and Gender (ISM’S)” (February, 2017).

St. Andrews University – Laurinburg, N.C. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?) An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2017).

Amarillo College – Amarillo, TX. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?) An Exploration of ISM’s” (November, 2016).

Northlake College – Dallas, TX. Performer, “HERStory: A Performance Lecture Commemorating African-American and Women’s History Month” (March, 2016).

Francis Marion College – Florence, S.C. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?) An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2016).

Monroe College – Bronx, NY. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2016)

University of Findlay – Findlay, OH. Performer, “HERStory: A Tribute to Women in Jazz” (November, 2015).

Cayuga Community College – Auburn, NY. Speaker, “Building Bridges: Framing Campus Programming to address Diversity, Inclusion and Difficult Conversations” (September, 2015).

SUNY Jefferson Community College - Watertown, NY. Speaker, “Building Bridges: Framing Campus Programming to address Diversity, Inclusion and Difficult Conversations” (September, 2015).

The Atlanta Jazz Festival – Atlanta, GA. Featured Performer, Russell Gunn’s “Tribute to Nina Simone” (May, 2015). Wake Tech Community College - Raleigh, N.C. Performer, “HERStory: A Tribute to Women in Jazz” (February, 2015).

Houston Community College – Houston, TX. Performer, “HERStory: A Tribute to Women in Jazz” (April, 2015).

DelMar College – Corpus Christi, TX. Performer, “HERStory: A Tribute to Women in Jazz” April, 2015).

Churchill Grounds – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “For Blue: A Tribute to Billie Holiday” (March, 2013).

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, IL. Black Women in American History and Culture – Black History Month. Performance/Lecture, “Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln” (February, 2012).

Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) and the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Faculty Development Network (HBCUFDN) Conference Atlanta, GA. Performance, “An evening with Jodi Lynn Merriday” (October, 2011).

National Black Arts Festival – Atlanta, GA. Presenter/Performer, “Interpretations: Black Visual Art Past, Present and Future” Atlanta Symphony Hall (July, 2011).

Atlanta Jazz Festival – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “Jazzology” (July, 2011).

National Black Arts Festival – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “Interpreting Jazz, Crunk” (July, 2010).

Churchill Grounds – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “A Living Legends Tribute to Abbey Lincoln” (April, 2010).

Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement – Atlanta, GA. Women of Excellence Series. Presenter, “Authentic Leadership” (January, 2010).

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Pi Omega Chapter – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “Music through the Years: Tribute to Nina Simone” (October, 2005).

ProQuest 2006, Dissertation, “Hip Hop HERStory: Women in Hip Hop Cultural Production and Music from Margins to Equity” (August, 2005).

Churchill Grounds – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “Viva la Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone” (October, 2004).

Saturn Motor Cars Woman-to-Woman Series with Nikki Giovanni and Sonja Sanchez – Atlanta, GA. Presenter, “Reflecting on Your Relationships through Prose and Poetry” (December, 2002).

National Black Arts Festival Sacred Circle Spoken Word – Atlanta, GA. Presenter, “Let the Church Say Amen” (July, 2002).

Agnes Scott College – Atlanta, GA. Presenter, “Black Student Awards Ceremony” (April, 2002).

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

12/04/2017 “Crisis Communication: Understanding the Skills of Hostage Negotiators” (1 CE credit) – Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute

12/04/2017 “Georgia Child Support Worksheets Tutorials: Five Parts” (.5 CE credit) – Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute

12/05/2017 “Out of Ashes: 9/11 – A Cinematic Study in Mediation” (1.5 CE credit) – Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute

05/01/2016 “High Conflict People in Mediation” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

05/01/2016 “Celebrating 25 Years of ADR: A Glance Back, A Look Forward” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

05/01/2016 “Taking the War out of Our Words” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

10/06/2016 “Mindfulness, Mediation and Dialogue” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

10/05/2016 “Opening Doors: Insights into Autism” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

10/06/2016 “Can We Talk? And Other Questions about Cross-Cultural Communications” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

ACADEMIC AWARDS

Hampton University Cum Laude graduate, Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, Temple University Future Faculty Fellow Recipient, Hampton University C. W. Mills Sociological Imagination Award, University of Pennsylvania Samuel Fels Foundation Award Recipient

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

The Association of Title IX Administrators, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Spring, 1992), The Magnolia Chapter of The Links, Inc., Recording Secretary 05-06, Atlanta Chapter of Jack n’ Jill, Inc. (alumnus), Jerusalem House, Board Member, 06-08

CERTIFICATIONS AND REGISTRATIONS

State of Georgia Registered Neutral, Advanced Mediator Certificate (Atlanta Justice Center), Arbitrator (Henning Mediation and Arbitration), Certificate of Completion, Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Theory and Practice (International Ombudsman Association), Certified Anger Management Specialist (Fellow) (NAMA), Certified Trainer, Managing Workplace Conflict (Eckerd College), Certified Workplace Mediator (Eckerd College), Certified Trainer, Risk Reduction (Prime for Life).

REFERENCES

Federation of Public Service Employees
Courtney English, Political Director
1201 Peachtree Street – Colony Square – Atlanta, GA 30361 #200 Atlanta, GA

AFSCME International - Southern Region
Alan Lee, Deputy Director
501 Pulliam St SW STE 319 - Atlanta, GA 30312

Atlanta Public Schools
Meria Carstarphen, Superintendent
130 Trinity Avenue – Atlanta, GA 30303

City of Atlanta
Matt Westmoreland, Councilman Post 2 At-Large
55 Trinity Ave, S.W. (Suite 2900) - Atlanta, GA 30303

Cayuga College
Norman Lee, Director of Student Activities
197 Franklin Street – Auburn NY 13021

St. Bonaventure College
Parker Suddeth, Director
Damietta Center for Multicultural Student Affairs Reilly Center Suite 208 St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

Temple University
Dr. Michelle Byng, Professor of Sociology
Gladfelter Hall – 7th Floor Philadelphia, PA 10122


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