Dominique Horton is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in social work at the Brown School where her research interests focus on the impact of racism on the education, well-being, and social mobility of Black children and their families. She primarily examines these issues through the lens of K-12 education.
Dominique is a native of the Southside of Chicago where she worked for Chicago Public Schools for 10 years. In her role as a school social worker, Dominique served the social and emotional needs of general and special education students. Dominique collaborated with teachers to develop interventions and strategies for their students. She also collaborated with school administrators to develop school climate improvement plans and supported them in responding to school and community crisis situations such as student and teacher deaths or students demonstrating with mental health episodes. She completed assessments for students referred for special education services and completed Individualized Education Plans.
Dominique responded to in-school student crisis situations such as suicidal or homicidal ideations and worked with outside agencies such as the Department of Children and Family Services and behavioral hospitals to best meet students’ emotional and mental health needs. She provided tiered interventions to schools to support social-emotional learning and implement positive behavioral interventions. She collaborated with community organizations to provide additional supports for the schools she serviced. Lastly, Dominique collaborated with and served families to support their needs.
Additionally, Dominique is a licensed clinical social worker currently providing telemental health services. Her specialties include women’s issues, self-esteem, anger management, ADHD, and stress/anxiety among others. Dominique is constantly learning and growing as a practitioner. Dominique genuinely enjoys supporting others. She served as a field instructor and mentor for newly hired and intern school social workers. Last school year, Dominique served as a graduate student mentor, supporting first-year doctoral students. Finally, Dominique had the unique opportunity to serve as a White House intern under the Obama administration where she engaged in public service, policy, and social work on mezzo and macro levels.
A few of her interests include providing safe spaces for women of color, theatre, music, laughter, and being with friends and family. She is currently discovering a liking for comic books.
For current academic service, teaching & research projects:
Southern IL Univ. Carbondale (B.S. Journalism)
Southern IL Univ. Carbondale (MSW)
Loyola Univ. Chicago (Professional Educator’s License)
African American families; Anti-racist pedagogy; K-12 Education Policy, Equity, and Outcomes; Racism and Poverty; School Social Work; Social Work Education and Culturally Responsive Practice
My mission is to advocate for those suffering from the social and educational consequences and effects of racism. I seek to educate, train, equip and empower those committed to dismantling structures of systemic racism and injustice in schools, neighborhoods and communities through effective teaching and comprehensive, analytic research.
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