Debra (Debi) Jenkins has over twenty years of experience as an innovative developmental life coach, developmental specialist, teacher and, presenter. Debi earned an Associates in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education with a focus in special education, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development with a focus in developmental education, a Master of Arts degree in Human Development specializing in Bicultural Development, a Master of Science degree in Psychology, and is a PhD in Higher Education Administration. Debi serves as Division Chair of Behavioral Sciences at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, the Department Head of Early Childhood Education, and as Tenured Professor in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Debi was recognized in 2009 as a YWCA Woman of Achievement Recipient of Clark County. In 2017, Debi was named as Outstanding Alumni of Clark College.
Debi is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Debi was a co-researcher in the Teaching Umoja 15- year participatory project to study triliteracy. Triliteracy involves the simultaneous cultural and linguistic acquisition of children of color’s bilingual and bicultural development. In addition to the United States, the research involved an ethnographic study of the Maroon people in Jamaica in collaboration with the Center of Linguistic & Cultural Democracy.
Debi’s expertise is in the areas of lifespan development and issues of diversity and equity specific to power, privilege and inequity in the United States. Additional areas of focus are institutional climate in higher education settings and organizational change. In 2014 Debi presented a Faculty Speaker Series presentation on "Habari menta-What is happening? Support for a Diverse workforce through Allyship and Communities of Practice. Debi is invited to present her research on Women of Color Experiences and Strategies in Constructing Community College Nonexecutive Leadership: A Case Study at the 2016 Oxford Round table Symposium on Women and Education in London, England.