Title: Founding President and CEO, African Diaspora Consortium
As head of the nonprofit global consortium, Freeman leads efforts to positively impact economic, educational and artistic opportunities and outcomes across the African diaspora, with a focus on populations dispersed during the transatlantic slave trade and various periods of migration. The College Board approved ADC to develop the first Advanced Placement seminar related to Africa, which is being piloted in select schools. Freeman, former interim president of the Southern University System, also serves as senior adviser to the provost and senior research fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University Teachers College. A leading scholar in comparative and international education, Freeman has studied at the University of Oslo and the University of Vienna. She was president of The Comparative and International Education Society and twice received the Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation Award, an award from the Hungarian government and served as a visiting professor and scholar at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences, now Corvinus University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Tuskegee University, a master’s in counseling from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in education studies from Emory University.