Dunn’s commitment extends to the community as she has served on the boards of Lighthouse Youth Services, United Way, the Association for Retarded Citizens, several environmental justice organizations and the YWCA. She has worked as a counselor for Lighthouse Youth Services as well as a counselor for juvenile offenders at the Cincinnati Institute of Justice. Additionally, Dunn served as an evaluator for the Minority Summer Program, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in Batavia, Ill.
Dunn earned her associate degree in chemical technology (1966) and her bachelor’s degree in chemical technology and vocational education (1968) from CAS. She came to the university with the help of a Patricia Corbett Scholarship and she says it was the best decision she ever made.
Dunn’s lifelong advocacy for student success began when she accepted a Graduate Research Assistant position at UC to pay for her master’s of education in vocational/technical education (1969) and a doctor of education in cognitive and developmental psychology (1977). Later, she worked for UC as a resident advisor and resident counselor for the UC residence halls, as well as a coordinator of UC’s summer orientation.
Dunn says, “This award means that all the Saturdays and evenings I’ve given up for many years were worth it. I want to continue to do all that I can do for as long as I can to provide experiences for not only college students but also for precollege students. I want them to gain the knowledge and motivation to enter and graduate from any college or university but hopefully CEAS. The future of this community depends on a well-educated workforce.”
The tradition of excellence that is UC courses through Dunn’s veins—her father, Charles G. Dunn, is a 1941 graduate of the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and was in the first liaison pilot class (the Tuskegee Airmen) trained at Tuskegee. Her mother, Precious Riley Dunn, now deceased, had also taken classes at CAS.
Dunn’s limitless motivation and excellence contributes to UC’s innovation in education.