Dr. Carolyn Strong is a motivational educator with an anti-bullying message of hope for children, families and schools. An educator with more than 15 years of experience working with inner-city youth, she is currently Dean of Students in a high school serving more than 1,200 young people. In this role as disciplinarian, she witnesses and confronts bullying and relational aggression daily by creating and implementing prevention programs in conjunction with traditional school discipline while maintaining a positive school climate.
Dr. Strong holds multiple master’s degrees in both Curriculum and Educational leadership a doctoral degree in curriculum and social inquiry. Her dissertation entitled Black Girls Matter?: Historical Representation and its Impact on Contemporary Education, highlights the need for safe spaces for African American Girls within contemporary educational settings. Dr. Strong is the author of Black Girl Blues: Small Group Sessions, Activities and Discussions to Combat Intra-racial Bullying (2014) a book that has been utilized as both an alternative to suspension and small group intervention in schools across the United States and parts of Canada. Dr. Strong travels to national conferences presenting on topics ranging from cultural competence in schools to equitable discipline and conflict resolution. Dr. Strong has written and designed courses for the Ed Leaders Network. Those course titles include Journey to Anti-Racist Education and Bias and Microaggressions in the Classroom. Dr. Strong has also appeared on ABC Newsviews as an expert on bullying signs and symptoms. Dr. Strong has appeared on panels across the country regarding culturally relevant discipline and anti-racist school environments and creating educational spaces in which Black girls not only survive, but thrive.
Climate and Culture
Black Girl Blues: Small Group Sessions, Activities and Discussions to Combat Intra-Racial Bullying (2014)
The Dainty Little Gremlin (2018)
Microaggressions: A Cautionary Tale (2018)
Strong, Carolyn (2014. October) I Am Still and Will Always Be A Black Girl. Retrieved
Strong, Carolyn (2014. November) What How We Remember R. Kelly and Aaliyah’s “Relationship” Says about us. Retrieved from
Black Girl Blues: Strategies to Combat Intra-Racial Bullying at National Conference on Girl Bullying, National Alliance of Black School Educators Conference, Wisconsin Alliance of School Counselors Conference
Handling Conflict Like a QUEEN at National Conference on Girl Bullying, Michigan Alliance of Social Workers.
Bias and Microaggression in the Classroom: Thornridge High School
How to Live in Your Truth and Remain Employed: Glassdoor Inc.