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Ronald W. Whitaker II, Ed.D.

Ronald Whitaker II- Director of District and School Partnerships, Faculty Member, Cabrini College

About Dr. Whitaker:

Ronald Whitaker, II is a highly qualified scholar-practitioner, educator, administrator, and most importantly, servant leader, who is committed to promoting the personal development and holistic success of individuals. He is revered amongst colleagues for combining theory and practice, in addition to engaging in "courageous conversations" in a respectful manner.

Professionally, Dr. Whitaker is the Director of District and School relations at Cabrini College. Additionally, he also teaches graduate courses in the Education Department that closely align with his research and professional background at Cabrini. Dr. Whitaker also presently serves as the Executive Director of the Leadership Develop Institute for The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources which is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

As a Scholar in Practice he has presented workshops and lectures on issues related to: Critical Spirituality in Education Leadership, College Athletics, Urban Education, Culturally Responsive Leadership, Racial Literacy in Schools, Black Male Identity, Mental Health, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at highly selective universities such as: Columbia University, Princeton University, The University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, and The University of Delaware. Dr. Whitaker has also presented his work at both national and international conferences, including the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion International Conference in Munich, Germany.

Educationally, Dr. Whitaker completed his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Duquesne University, where he was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. His dissertation focused on the psychological effects of projected negative stereotypes on African American male student athletes who attend Predominately White Institutions (PWI's), and how that might impact their academic and social experiences at their colleges/universities. More specifically, he explored the intersection of Black male identity, racism, and institutional inequalities through the lens of social justice. He also earned a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from Eastern University and undergraduate degrees in Urban Leadership and Biblical Studies from Geneva College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Known as a mentor and role model, Dr. Whitaker is committed to providing premier leadership in an educational milieu. He endeavors to motivate and facilitate change with a blend of boldness and humility.

Areas of Expertise:

Culturally Responsive Leadership, Urban Education, Racial Literacy, Critical Spirituality, College Athletics, Black Male Identity within the Context of Schools, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion