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“Not everyone has to do everything, but everyone can do something. Do what you can, then connect with others to make collective change. Bridge-building is essential.”

- Dr. Trenita Childers

Dr. Childers with students

I love building connections! 

During my Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic, I worked to connect community needs with resources and relevant programs. In my research, I learn about ways to connect different sectors (such as health, education, and social services) to meet community needs. I also contribute to efforts that connect research and policy. And as a writer, I strive to make research clear and relevant for public audiences. 

"Bridge-building is challenging. It takes time, funding, and energy - and it also requires humility. When navigating multiple spaces, you may not always be the expert. But as a bridge, you can listen, learn, and teach others. The payoff is well worth the effort."

- Dr. Trenita Childers

Select Panels and Presentations

  • “Building Bridges on the Road to Social Justice”, Dissemination Beyond the Ivory Tower, Panelist, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (2020)

  • “Unconditionally Accepted: Achieving Impact as a Social Scientist” Panelist, Professional Development Workshop, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (2020)

  • “Navigating Careers Outside of Academia”, Panelist, UNC-Greensboro Department of Human Development and Family Studies (2020)

  • “Bridging Access to COVID-19 Information Among Adult Learners”, Webinar co-presenter, Coalition on Adult Basic Education (2020)

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