Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins is a scholar in the areas of education, suffrage, health care reform, and equality and inclusion for women. Inspired by her grandmother’s work as a teacher, Dr. Jefferson-Jenkins pursued a career in education. She worked for many years as a public school teacher and administrator, and is currently serving as an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an advocate and activist for civil rights, social justice, educational excellence and stronger citizen participation in the electoral process for underrepresented populations. She recently received the 2022 Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice at the 11th Annual National Civil Rights Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana based on her “body of work in support of human dignity, civil rights and social justice.”