Dr. CouringtonDr. Diane Courington (email) is a former K-12 educator who is an educator at heart and loves advocating for students. She has transferred her skills into higher education as full-time faculty in the School of Education. In addition, she has delved into the world of consulting, working as an Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) ambassador for the ABE Kentucky team at Bellarmine and an ABE Community and STEM Partnership Liaison for the program office. Both roles allow her to support new and existing ABE program sites in developing partnerships to reach underrepresented populations. She also leverages community assets, local and regional, Black-led organizations and initiatives, and STEM partnerships to support and scale ABE.

Dr. Courington is not a stranger to the Bellarmine community as she received her Doctorate in Education and Social Change. Her research interest includes:

  • trauma-informed care
  • traumatic racial experiences
  • belonging and safe spaces for Students of Color in P-20 settings
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities ( HBCUs)

She also served on the President Advisory Board and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Student Success Center, focusing on retention and student success. Diane served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education for the Undergraduate and the Master of Arts in teaching. She continues to mentor and coach students of color and current and future educators. At the same time, she was a part of the Bellarmine Black Caucus community.