Doctoral Student, Education Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University
Co-Chair, Graduate Student Committee, AERA Leadership for Social Justice SIG
Dominique Lester is a third year doctoral student in the Education Leadership Ph.D. program. His sponsor and advisor is Professor Sonya Douglass-Horsford. Dominique’s research and work explores how theology and ethics help inform the educational philosophies of Black superintendents in the south. Dominique joins Teachers College from Atlanta, Georgia, with an extensive background in early childhood education, theology and history. Dominique has served as a classroom teacher, training coordinator for academic organizations and institutions that work with marginalized populations and as a minister in local congregations. Dominique earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. A Master of Divinity from Emory University: Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master of Arts in History and Education from Teachers College: Columbia University. Dominique is currently the graduate student co-chair for the Leadership for Social Justice SIG with AERA.
Dominique serves as the Chief of Staff- Director of Community Relations and Programming at a mega church in Westchester County where he manages over 60 different ministries, attends to day to day operations, leadership development of adult faith leaders, risk management training, establishes corporate partnerships for non-profits with educational aspirations, staffs and manages food pantry in Mount Vernon, assists in the management of a multi-million-dollar annual operating budget and organizes social action campaigns around voting, unfair labor practices and education reform. Dominique attempts academically and vocationally to bridge the gap of the public square and private life of Black moral leadership and evoke justice seeking practices through scholar activism.
Dominique loves music, sports, and a good spades game. Dominique also collects African American Children’s books as a hobby. Dominique is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, incorporated and believes that the Atlanta Braves is the greatest baseball team of all time.