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Nubia Williams

Office Assistant, Office of Residence Life, Duquesne University 

Statement of Research Interest /Problem of Practice:
Nubia's research focuses on ways to increase the numbers of Pittsburgh Public School students who attend and graduate from local colleges and universities. Her research is informed by her core values of education, community, and leadership.

Nubia Williams is a Pittsburgh native. She has held several leadership roles. These roles include being a Team Leader at Chick-fil-A for 2 years, College Ambassador for Saint Vincent College, President of Visionaries of H.O.P.E, NAACP Liaison for 3 years for the Greensburg chapter, and Graduate Student Adviser for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Duquesne University. Nubia works directly with students, administration, and faculty, to provide a welcoming environment.

Nubia attended Saint Vincent College from 2011 to 2015. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Psychology. Ms. Williams went on to earn a Master's Degree in Education, with a concentration of program evaluation and student assessment. From 2015 to 2017, Nubia worked as an AmeriCorps KEYS member. In this position, she mentored and tutored the youth at the Crossroads Foundation, which was located in the Hill District. She is also a graduate student adviser for Ebony Women of Social Change, where she works closely with the minority students on Duquesne campus, to raise awareness, for multicultural affairs.

Mentored by: Dr. Wayne N. Walters
Assistant Superintendent of Professional Development and Special Programming,
Pittsburgh Public Schools

Newly appointed Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Pittsburgh Public School District, Dr. Walters holds an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University where he majored in music and education. He later graduated from Duquesne University with a Master's Degree in Music Education. Dr. Walters went on to complete an Ed.D and earned the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

In his current role, Dr. Walters is responsible for the professional development and special programming for the district. As a certified facilitator and trainer, Dr. Walters works to ensure that professional learning for all school district role groups is aligned and focused on improving student learning outcomes. He has organized, created, and presented at numerous workshops on the local and national levels. As outlined in the Pittsburgh Public Schools five-year Strategic Plan: Expect Great Things, Dr. Walters plans to "increase the professional development for school leaders, teachers, and central office staff by increasing knowledge through a cohesive system of instructional support."

Prior to his current role, Dr. Walters served as the principal of Barack Obama International Studies 6-12 since 2009. Pittsburgh Obama is a certified International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (grades 6-10) and a Diploma Programme (grades 11-12). Additionally, Dr. Walters was the Principal of the Frick International Studies Academy 6-8 (2000-2008), and the Assistant Principal of Northview Heights Elementary School (1999-2000). He joined the Pittsburgh Public School district back in 1991 as a teacher at King Elementary.