Leslie K. Etienne, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor

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  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Leadership and Organizational Change, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH, 2012
  • M.A., Master of Arts, Public Administration, Troy University, Atlanta, GA, 2007
  • M.A., Master of Arts, International Affairs and Development, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, 2005
  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AK, 1996


Leslie Etienne works primarily in the School of Education’s teacher education pre-block program where he teaches Multicultural Education and Global Awareness. Dr. Etienne also teaches in the Africana Studies Department and is has been an instructor in one of IUPUI’s Themed Learning Communities.

Prior to IUPUI, Dr. Etienne has worked in areas of education, social justice and community power. For over twenty years he has had specialized experience working in education ranging from K-12 through higher education, youth leadership and development, therapeutic community direct care, and organizational development. He has worked as the Director of After School Enrichment for the International Community School in Decatur, GA and was the Director of Education Justice and Research for Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide in Atlanta, GA.

He also has extensive academic training as a social justice/social movement historian whose research is focused on Pan African frameworks for liberation, grassroots leadership, and community based alternative multigenerational education. He is particularly versed on the narrative story of the SNCC Freedom Schools. In addition, Dr. Etienne has also been a member of the Board of Directors at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, TN and was the Campus Coordinator for University Sin Fronteras Atlanta Campus and a facilitator of its Teacher/Organizer Institute. From 1997-1999 Dr. Etienne served as an Urban Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Guyana, S. America.

Courses Taught

  • E201 Multicultural Education and Global Awareness

  • A150 Survey of Culture of African Americans

  • T750 Critical Black Literature and Emancipatory Education



Etienne, L.K. (2013). A different type of summer camp: SNCC, Freedom Summer, Freedom Schools and the Development of African American Males in Mississippi. Peabody Journal of Education, 88(4), 449-463.

Etienne, L.K. (in progress). Decolonizing education for liberation. South: Global South Critical Perspectives, 2(1).


Etienne, L.K. (2014, Winter). Freedom Summer and the Freedom Schools. Georgia Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education Newsletter: Education Policies and Politics Issue, 3(3).

Etienne, L.K. (2014, Spring-Summer). From Freedom Schools to the University Sin Fronteras: Tapping into a legacy of Political Education.” As the South Goes.. A Periodical form Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, 22(1).

Research Interests

  • Community Education for Liberation
  • Social Justice Education
  • Out of School Educational Programming
  • Multicultural Education, Critical Arts-Based Research
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Pan African Intellectual History
  • Leadership in Social Movements
  • Museums Studies

Research and Consulting Experience

  • 2017 Program Evaluator, Intercultural Leadership Institute, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture
  • 2016 Reviewer, Intercultural Leadership Institute Applications, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture
  • 2015, Reviewer, South: Global South Critical Perspectives
  • 2014-2015, Consultant, Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Teacher Institute
  • June 2012, Lecturer, Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Ella Baker Child Policy Institute
  • 2013, Consultant, Philander Smith College Social Justice Institute, Black Male Initiative
  • 2010 Co-Principal Investigator, We Shall Overcome Fund Evaluation (Internal Document)


Professional Conferences

Boutte, G.S., Jackson, T.O., Van Wyk, B., Johnson, G., & Etienne, L. (2016, November). Equity pedagogies and research methodologies of hope for urban teacher education: Learning to be courageous without being suicidal. Paper accepted at the bi-annual International Conference on Urban Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico. *Unable to attend.


Understanding Freedom School Pedagogies, Blenheim Elementary/Middle School, Blenheim, SC (June 2014)

Establishing High Expectations & Engaging Students, Blenheim Elementary/Middle School, Blenheim, SC (June 2014)

Professional Learning Communities, Blenheim Elementary/Middle School, Blenheim, SC (June 2014)

Panel Moderator

Black Lives Matter: A Healing Discussion, Indianapolis, IN(2016)

Walter Rodney Symposium: Youth Panel, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA (2015)

6th Annual African/African Diaspora Conference, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA (2014)

Fred Hampton Symposium, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC (2009)

Panel Discussant

Straight Outta Compton Discussion Panel, IUPUI Africana Studies, (April 2016) 

Anti-Violence, Anti-Prison and Restorative Justice Work, Freedom Dreams Freedom Now Conference, University of Illinois, Chicago (June 2014)

Invited Guest Speaker

Early Inquiry in Urban Education, IUPUI, Dr. Jim Scheurich, Fall 2015

Other Activities

Professional Service

University Committees

Member, Search committee for Assistant or Associate Professor of Technology, Innovation and Pedagogy in Teacher Education, IUPUI School of Education (2015-2016) 

Member, IUPUI Africana Studies Scholarship Committee (Spring 2017)

Non Profit Boards

Secretary, Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, TN (2013-2014)

Member, High Aspirations Foundation Inc. (2005-2012)

Community Education

Curriculum Team/Adjunct Faculty, University Sin Fronteras (University Without Borders), Atlanta, GA (2013-2015)

Camp Faculty and Advisory Committee Member, Seeds of Fire Camp, Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, TN (Summer 2009-2012)

Mentoring Program Founder/Co-Coordinator, HAFI Mentoring Program, Kennedy Middle School, Atlanta Georgia (2008-2011)

Expert In

  • Program Design and Environments for School-Aged Children
  • Early Adolescent Development
  • Social Issues in Education
  • Multicultural Education and Global Awareness
  • Motivating Every Child
  • Hip Hop Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to the African American/African Diaspora
  • Survey of the Culture of African Americans

Professional Associations

Member, Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated

Member, Gate City Lodge #42, Prince Hall F & AM

Member, National Peace Corps Association