GMSHRM Diversity & Inclusion Award event - speaker, Prof. Renee Kilpatrick
Prof. Kilpatrick,of Miami Dade College, will astound us with her presentation "What did You Say?" Leaders, do you recognize a need to make employee & customer communication more inclusive? Come, join us & take away alternative communications options!
“To whom much is given, much is required”, and Professor Renee Kilpatrick knows that she has been given much. In 1966, Miami born and Georgia bred Kilpatrick, along with 32 other African-American students, integrated the all-white Albany High School. She made history, and this led to her becoming involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Kilpatrick continued her education at Albany State, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), earning her Bachelor of Arts in English.
Education has always been paramount in Kilpatrick’s life. She went on to earn a Master of Library Science from Georgia Southern and a Master of Science in English Education from Nova Southeastern. Her call to the ministry led her to begin studies at two seminaries, New Orleans and Trinity International, where she earned a Biblical Studies certificate and continues doctoral studies.
Kilpatrick’s commitment to education has always been her number one priority as well as her life’s work. She says, “my greatest reward is watching students who thought they could not learn, learn.” In 1990, she began working at Miami Dade College (MDC) as an adjunct professor while she was a full-time teacher with the Miami Dade School system. “Working at Miami Dade College has certainly been my honor, considering I never imagined anything more than being a high school English teacher in Albany, GA. I cry at every MDC graduation because I see so many students who began their academic tenure at the lowest level of college prep, yet with tenacity, hard work, and encouragement, they mark a milestone in their lives by receiving their college degrees.”
Kilpatrick actively participates in numerous college-wide committees and activities. Under her leadership, MDC West held their first student Honors Convocation in 2009. Additionally, Kilpatrick was a founding member of the MDC Leadership Program from the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She was chosen to participate in Carnegie’s prestigious national colloquium, with only a handful of delegations from U.S. colleges and universities.
Kilpatrick has worked countless hours with the “Learning Outcomes Assessment”, MDC Team. She has contributed towards the national recognition of MDC as a leader in “Authentic Assessment in Student Learning”. Eduardo Padron, MDC president, awarded Kilpatrick a “Learning Innovations”, Golden Apple Grant. Kilpatrick has served on the United Way of MDC, Leadership Team for ten years. MDC selected her from a group of 1000+ candidates, to receive an American Values award. Additionally, she is a faculty advisor to Crosswalk, a student bible study group.
In 2005, Kilpatrick had a heart transplant, and as a result of her being given a second chance, she volunteers countless hours to the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency. Each year since 2006, the agency awards her with a Volunteer certificate. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she donates resources towards scholarships for underprivileged students.
Kilpatrick is an Associate Minister in her church, Faith Community Baptist, where she serves as tutor, Director of the Scholarships, and Angel Tree Coordinator. She is the mother of two children, Henri who lives in Virginia Beach, and her daughter who preceded her in death, Monique Lynette.