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Dana Murray Patterson, PhD
Director, Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center


Dana Murray Patterson, PhD

Dr. Dana Murray Patterson currently serves as the Director for the Bolinga Cultural Resources Center at Wright State University. She has worked in higher education for the past twelve years and brings extensive experience with diverse populations across various campus climates and settings. Her previous experiences include serving as Director of the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom at Antioch College, Director of the Talmadge Anderson Heritage House for Black Studies at Washington State University and Director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Emporia State University. Dana also worked as a key member of the residential life team in the departments of student affairs at the University of Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky University, and Washington State University. She has participated as a conduct hearing officer at EKU, UC and Washington State University, Director of a Bonner Scholars Service Program at Antioch and as an administrator for Upward Bound at Berea College.

Dana completed her PhD in Higher Education Administration at Washington State University with an emphasis on Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education. During her tenure at WSU, Dana was a member of the Board of Directors for the Office of the Vice President for Equity and Diversity and served as an Assistant Director for the Department of Residence Life. With an extensive background in Student Affairs and Diversity Education from major Colleges and Universities across the country, Dana is well prepared to discuss the complexities of the Black student experience. She completed her B.A. in Social Science at Berea College (1992) and her M.A. in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education at Eastern Kentucky University (1998).

Dr. Patterson’s dissertation “Divorcing the doctor: Black women doctoral students and their intimate relationships during the doctoral process” expounds on the complex issues facing Black women at the intersection and race and gender in higher education. Her research interests include issues of inclusion in higher education, the intersection of race and gender, and survival strategies of students from underrepresented communities.

Dana resides with her husband of 17 years and four children including a son, Isaiah (14) and daughters Kayla (12), Destiny (9) and Jacqueline (8).

AFS 499/WMS 399

Currently Dr. Patterson is teaching a class cross listed with African and African American Studies and Women's Studies (AFS 499/WMS 399). The class, Black Female Epistemologies at the Intersection of Race and Gender is currently held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:25 am to 12:05 pm in 056 University Hall. Click here to download the syllabus.

Contact Information

140 Millett Hall, Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

E-mail: dana.patterson@wright.edu

Office Phone: 937-775-5645
Fax: 937-775-5563

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This page was last updated on 05/7/09