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Dr. Anita Bledsoe- Gardner



Dr. Anita Bledsoe-Gardner is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, North Carolina). Bledsoe-Gardner has worked as principal investigator and co-principal investigator to facilitate research projects in the substantive areas of community safety (in concert with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department), victimology, and juvenile delinquency. With her educational experiences and business acumen, she also currently serves as a consultant for the United States Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Education.  Notwithstanding, Dr. Bledsoe-Gardner has served as a research consultant for the Minister of Education in St. Kitts, Basseterre, West Indies. In 2002, she developed and implemented an international mentoring program for the Minister of Education of St. Kitts, Basseterre.  Her work with youth is also underscored by serving as a School Crisis Counselor for Gwinnett, Rockdale and Union Counties where she served as court liaison for a tri-county area. While serving as a School Crisis Counselor, Dr. Bledsoe-Gardner developed enrichment and anger management programs for teens.



Dr. Bledsoe Gardner has presented and published several professional papers during her tenure as a university professor; recent examples of such work found in Community Disasters and Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency: Exploring Global Opportunities and Challenges, Journal of Faculty Development, Sage Publications, and The Researcher.  She has also secured grant funding ranging over 3 million dollars for non-profit organizations.   She serves as a faculty research mentor to several undergraduate students. Additionally, Anita is the 2013 recipient of the Social Scientist of the Year Award from Brookhaven Mississippi Alumni Association, Incorporated. Dr. Bledsoe-Gardner is also a member of several professional and social organizations, including but not limited to, American Criminal Justice Association, Southern Sociological Association, Mid-South Association (current president-elect), and South Carolina Probation and Parole Association. She also serves on the Executive Board for Give and Go, North Carolina Public Safety Advisory Board, and Les Gemmes, Incorporated—nonprofit organizations. 

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