Dawn N. Hicks Tafari

Position: Clinical Faculty Department: Education

Contact Info

Office: 242 Albert H. Anderson Center Phone: 336-750-8337 Fax: 336-750-2892


A native New Yorker, Dr. Tafari is passionate about the arts, culture, education, and translating theory into practice. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Hofstra University; her Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification in Elementary Education from The Johns Hopkins University; and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies and her Ph.D in Educational Studies with a Specialization in Cultural Studies from The University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has served as an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, New York and in Baltimore, Maryland; as a curriculum facilitator in High Point, North Carolina; and as an educational consultant for Guilford County Schools. She is also co-founder of the Greensboro Kwanzaa Collective, a grassroots organization that organizes Greensboro’s citywide 7-day Kwanzaa celebration. Dr. Tafari has been on the faculty at Winston-Salem State University since the fall of 2013.

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2013, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, 2010, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, 2003, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1996, Hofstra University

Research and Project Interests

  • Black Feminist Thought
  • Black Male Educators
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Critical Race Theory and Methodology
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Hip-Hop Feminism
  • Intergenerational Issues
  • Narrative Research

Tafari, D. N. (2013). "I Can Get at These Kids": A Narrative Study Exploring the Reasons Black Men Teach. In C. W. Lewis, & I. Toldson, Black Male Teachers: Diversifying the United States' Teacher Workforce (pp. 93-106). Bingley: Emerald Publishing.

Tafari, D. N. (in press). Tales from A Hip-Hop DIVA: One Girl’s Journey from the Bronx to the Ph.D. In C. M. Dyce, & T. M. Williams, D.I.V.A. Diaries: The Road to the PhD and Stories of Black Women Who Have Endured. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.