This Month’s Featured Employee for January 2016

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Christopher A. Warren, Ph. D

Dr. Christopher Warren is an educator and community activist whose work is centered in inner-city education alternatives, Critical Race Theory, African-Centered learning pedagogy and Post Racial Theory. Christopher currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the National Institute of Health grant-funded “Figuring It Out for the Child” coparenting initiative at the USF – St. Petersburg Family Study Center, aimed at providing resources and mentoring for unwed African-American parents having their first child together.  The study focuses on creating greater developmental outcomes for children born to families with unmarried parents having their first child together by providing critical community-based resources and administering a nationally recognized coparenting intervention  to help parents come together for the sake of the baby’s future.  Christopher also serves an adjunct instructor with the History department, where he teaches a section of the “Race In Contemporary America” course that provides interdisciplinary analysis of the historical, sociological and political effects of living in a highly racialized society.  Additionally, Dr. Warren’s work with local St. Petersburg youth has led to his recent appointment as the Director for the Poynter Institute’s nationally accredited “The Write Field” mentoring program for middle-school aged boys. The Write Field, now in its fifth year, is a dynamic mentoring program designed to improve the academic performance and life skills of selected middle school boys. The initiative strives to make a difference through its engaging academic enrichment and mentoring by law enforcement, business and community leaders.  Christopher received his Ph. D from Purdue University in Critical Education, and his Master’s in Political Science as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from Florida A&M University.  Dr. Warren’s passion for instruction and research has afforded him opportunities to conduct courses and develop curriculum both here in the U.S. at Purdue University, USF-St.Petersburg and St. Petersburg College, as well as abroad at Xi’An Jiatong University in Xi’An, China.  Christopher is also a proud native of St. Petersburg and has served the community through work with Junior Achievement, the Child’s Park Neighborhood Association, Agenda 2020 Task Force, SEIU – Service Employees Union, The Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Beautillion Militaire and participation in the Great American Teach-In at John Hopkins Middle School.