Petrice Sams-Abiodun

Executive Director

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Ph.D., Tulane University

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Dr. Petrice Sams-Abiodun is the Executive Director for the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy at Loyola University, where she has an opportunity to combine her research and social justice agendas to address the issue of adult literacy and education.  In her role as the Director she is examining the broader issue of literacy as a vehicle for personal, economic and community empowerment.  In an effort to link research with practice she works closely with the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans and other community and faith-based organizations to eradicate low literacy.  She is personally committed to using her experience and skills to develop a stronger Louisiana and to this end serves on numerous advisory boards and committees. 

Dr. Sams-Abiodun is a former resident of New Orleans public housing and a graduate of New Orleans public schools.  She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tulane University in 2003.  As a family demographer, her goal is to use research for the development and liberation of traditionally marginalized and oppressed people.  Her research areas include poverty and family issues.  Her present research focuses on the role and responsibilities of men as fathers, family and community members. She is also exploring adult transition issues.  She has been invited to numerous conferences to share her work and is presently working on a book that examines strengths as well as the plight of low income African American men. Her research contributes to a national agenda that is assisting in the rethinking of how we view male attachment in low income families, family structure and formation. 

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