Committed to public engagement, Debernee S. Privott currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Public Engagement for the College of Arts & Sciences and as the Director of the University in the High School Program at the University at Albany.

She also serves as Faculty Advisor of the Leaders in Service Program. Prior to her service at the University at Albany, Dr. Privott was employed at the Southern Center for Studies in Public Policy at Clark Atlanta University, where she also worked with the Army Environmental Policy Institute.

Dr. Privott graduated from Spelman College with her B.A. in Psychology. Passionate about action research, Dr. Privott has served with the Continual Improvement Project, now known as Service Outcomes Action Research, at the University at Albany. She has also served with the AmeriCorps National Community Service Program and with the Bonner Scholars Program in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Privott has worked with the following: Father Peter Young’s Honor Court Program, the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, the New York State Defender’s Association, the District Attorney’s “Bring It to the Courts” Program, and Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region.

Dr. Privott currently serves as a NEW Leadership™ Committee Member – a program of the Women's Leadership Academy at the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society. Additionally, she serves on the Instructional Program Advisory Committee of the Niskayuna Central School District. With a passion for meaningful education, Dr. Privott has designed a course that encourages applied learning as well as community engagement, which she developed through the University at Albany’s top-ranked School of Criminal Justice, where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D.

Dr. Privott is a member of the first class of the Leadership Academy of the State University of New York Research Foundation and a past recipient of the University at Albany’s Initiatives For Women President’s Award. She devotes much of her time to community engagement and is pleased to currently serve as an Assistant Girl Scout Troop Leader and as a Board Member of the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.

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