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Dr. Emerald Templeton


Dr. Emerald Templeton is a Project Manager for educational partnerships at Las Positas College (the #1 Best Community College in California, Intelligent) and an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University where she teaches in the Department of Counseling. She is an equity-minded scholar-practitioner with expertise in organizational leadership, counseling, and student affairs. Her craft encompasses strategic planning and program development, instruction, and research with values deeply rooted in care, justice, and commitment to centering marginalized communities. Dr. Templeton has gained a breadth of professional experiences in two large Research I institutions (University of California, Berkeley and Michigan State University), private institutions of higher education, California’s community colleges, and a public comprehensive university. Currently, she is a fellow for the Institute for Regenerative Futures, where she focuses on the Healthy Birthing Initiative for Black Families. She is also an Alumni Ambassador for The OpEd Project.


Dr. Templeton is a scholar and author who has co-edited a book with multinational publisher, Routledge; published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal; and has written opinion pieces and essays for online diversity and inclusion platforms such as The Inclusion Solution and Diversity Abroad. Her scholarship focuses on the utility of Black feminism to create belonging and transform higher education. 


Dr. Templeton earned a bachelor's degree in Human Development and a master's degree in Counseling, before obtaining an EdD in Organization and Leadership with an emphasis on Higher Education Administration.

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