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Sharnay Hearn Davis

Program Manager for the Center for Community- Engaged Teaching and Research Community Engagement Scholars Program

Statement of Research Interest /Problem of Practice:
Sharnay's research interests focus on effective ways to evaluate the impacts of Community University Partnerships in regard to stakeholders and shared outcomes. 

Mrs. Hearn Davis holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from Slippery Rock University. While at Slippery Rock she studied abroad at the University of Buea in Cameroon studying women and gender roles in Africa. She completed a Master's in Community Leadership from Duquesne University. She currently serves on the Young Alumni Board.

Sharnay has over 10 years experience working in the public sector. Her work experience ranges from providing mental health services, facilitating child welfare case management, serving as a director of community outreach and workforce development, and being responsible to represent the Mayor's Office as a Community Affairs Liaison.

Sharnay Hearn Davis is a One Young World Ambassador, she has represented the United States of America in Johannesburg, South Africa; Dublin, Ireland, and Bangkok, Thailand. In 2016 she was awarded the following awards: Slippery Rock University Young Alumni, African American Leadership Association Emerging Leader, and Get Involved Inc. Western PA Rising Star.

Mentored by: Dr. Terrie Elizabeth Griffin
Founder and CEO of Griffin Global Ministries

Before assuming her current position as director of women's ministry with L.I.V.I.N.G Ministry, one of Pittsburgh's leading organizations addressing poverty and homelessness, Dr. Griffin served as founder and chief visionary officer of Griffin Global Ministries, Inc. Founded in 2006, Griffin Global Ministries is a volunteer-based international organization dedicated to equipping lay leadership for the work of missional ministry and, creating skill-building opportunities for people in need. A third generation missionary and health educator, Dr. Griffin's global travels have taken her to the Eastern European countries of Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, the Republic of Haiti, and the South African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland. She works with professional counterparts and trains missionaries and clergy on how to develop culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS services and ministries.

Dr. Griffin holds degrees from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor, School of Theology, Virginia Union University, and Lincoln University. Her doctoral studies culminated in the development of a training curriculum, AIDS and the Black Church: Preparing Persons for Ministry. She is known as a pioneer in bringing HIV/AIDS ministry to the forefront of African American churches in the City of Richmond, Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1992, with the support of clergy and healthcare professionals, she established the first church-based AIDS ministry at the historic Fifth Street Baptist Church of Richmond.

In addition to working with diverse faith communities, institutions of higher education, and public health agencies, Dr. Griffin was among a handful of national leaders with expertise in the area of HIV prevention education, invited to participate in the Consultation on Faith and HIV sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is known as an international lecturer on social justice issues, a profound preacher, and former pastor and associate professor of preventive health and practical theology.