Simone Gbolo

Executive Director, Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program, University of Minnesota, USA

Simone Gbolo is the executive director of the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) a national non-profit organization housed at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota's Leadership Minor program. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in the department of organizational leadership, policy, and development in higher education at the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. Her research focuses on historically underrepresented and marginalized student's career pathways, persistence towards advance education, and the impact on the institutional change in higher education due to diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives. She is a first-generation Liberian, African American who resides in St. Paul, Minnesota and holds a B.S. in political science, public health, and educational psychology, an

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