Dr. Trisha M. Gadson has served as a change agent advocating for disenfranchised members of the community for over 20 years. As a result of her passion and desire to achieve the "beloved community," Racial Engagement Strategies, LLC was created as a vehicle of growth and postive development.
Racial Engagement Strategies, LLC is a boutique consulting firm based in the Greater Pittsburgh region. It specializes in partnering with organizations to develop plans that operationalize strategic thinking and equity. Special emphasis is placed on cultivating stakeholder relationships that enhance voice and agency within the process.
Dr. Gadson earned a Ph.D. from Point Park University, a Master’s of Science in professional leadership from Carlow University, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Syracuse University. She also holds a national certification as a Bullying Prevention Program Trainer & Consultant from the Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life at Clemson University as well as a Leadership Credential for Strength Based Family Workers from Temple University. In addition, Dr. Gadson is a recognized diversity and inclusion facilitator.
She received training from the National Multicultural Institute and she holds a Fostering Inclusion and Diversity Certificate from Yale School of Management. She has supported several schools throughout Pennsylvania in the implementation of violence prevention and diversity services. Her research focus and continued advocacy centers on the impact of community engaged racialized conversations on educational outcomes for African American students. She has authored human service articles and published
Dr. Gadson is the Chief Executive Officer of a community based organization that specializes in engaging and partnering with families and communities that utilizes a racial equity service model. Dr. Gadson serves on advisory councils for the Bayer Center for NonProfit Management at Robert Morris University, the Hill District Community Engagement Center of the University of Pittsburgh and the Department of Community Engagement at Point Park University. She is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was named by the New Pittsburgh Courier as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Women of Excellence.