Kesslyn Stenni


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I am delighted to serve as the current Director of the Minority Fellowship Program at the Council on Social Work Education. I come to CSWE with almost 25 years of experience in higher education. My most recent academic post is as a Full Professor of Social Work and Executive Director of the Dr. Dorothy I. Height Center for the Advancement of Social Justice at Coppin State University.

Along with holding a PhD in Social Work from Howard University and a Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University, I also earned a Master of Divinity degree and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Howard University, and am a proud graduate of Oakwood College (now Oakwood University).

Over the years, I have published numerous professional articles, book chapters and books that consider the intersections of domestic abuse and interpersonal violence, African American communities, religiosity and spirituality, women of color and doctoral success. I have also served on several editorial boards and organizational and agency boards, have guest edited journals, guest lectured nationally and internationally, and presented for numerous agencies and organizations.  Finally, I find great joy in mentoring and coaching the next generation of doctoral leaders and scholar-practitioners.