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Shivohn N. Garcia, Ph.D.

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Senior Director, Young Adult Initiatives

Shivohn N. Garcia is the Senior Director of Young Adult Initiatives at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). She leads the team’s efforts to develop and implement programs that prepare young adults for the transition from high school to college and/or career. In collaboration with young adults, youth serving organizations, and strategic partnerships development, she seeks to create pathways to advance opportunities for the 1 in 5.

For nearly 20 years in her work as a public-school teacher, and later as a nonprofit manager, Dr. Garcia has focused on addressing the needs of diverse learners in K-12 and postsecondary education. Having taught both special needs curriculum and university courses to aspiring teachers, Dr. Garcia has a strong understanding of the challenges that both students and educators face.

Prior to joining NCLD, Dr. Garcia served as Director of Innovation and Program Design with Big Brothers Big Sisters national office where she designed and managed innovative pilot programs to enable BBBS agencies to better serve youth with high academic risk, including students with learning differences and disabilities. She led research, evaluation and implementation of outcomes measures and risk assessment tools in order to help agencies become more data driven and served as a leader in BBBSA’s Hispanic Mentoring Initiative.

Shivohn earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2001 and an M.A.T in English at Brown University in 2002. She earned her doctorate in the American Studies program at Purdue University in 2014.

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