Black History Month

Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

President Gerald Ford

Black History is a collection of stories, movements, and accomplishments that have contributed to our country's progress and evolution. We acknowledge and celebrate the African diaspora and its impact on our lives and pay homage to the trendsetters for their achievements. 

CECH proudly acknowledges influential African American students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners who made history locally or beyond as we celebrate Black History Month.

2022 Black History Month Stories

Every population and group of people are multi-faceted. There is diversity within each diverse group based upon their geographic location, economic upbringing, education, gender, and other factors. It is important to see the heterogeneity of all groups to celebrate their uniqueness and acknowledge what they feel is an important piece of their identity.

This year, we will acknowledge how know group is monolithic or “just” the apparent group they appear to be. There is composition in all of us and no one person is the same as the other. These stories will show the dimensions of our selected candidates.

Garrett Carter, Ph.D.

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Name: Garrett Carter, Ph.D.

CECH Affiliation: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Accomplishments: Garrett Carter is a CECH Alumnus and current assistant principal at Westerville High School in Ohio. He is also an Amazon Author Bestseller of two children's book series and the author of "Common Sense Tips for College Student Success." He has a completed Ph.D. in Education Policy at Indiana University. His goal is to work toward creating equity in educational systems while making an impact on his fellow administrators and students.

Garrett earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from CECH.

Click here to read Garrett's story.

Cheryl Moses

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Name: Cheryl Moses

CECH Affiliation: Bachelor of Science in Education, c'o 76 graduate within the School of Education

Accomplishments: Cheryl Harris Moses is a retired educator with a career of 39 years serving students who are deaf and disabled. She has carried positions as an Educational Diagnostician and a Hospital Homebound teacher. Cheryl is active in her community and is a member of Girl Scouts of America, Inc., Alpha Kapp Alpha, Inc., and currently serves on the CECH Deans Advisory Board. 

Cheryl received her Bachelor of Science in Education when the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) was called the College of Education and Home Economics.

Click here to read Cheryl's story.

Brandi Elliott, Ed.D., (She/Her)

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Name: Brandi Elliott, Ed.D. (She/ Her)

CECH Affiliation: Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling graduate within the School of Human Services

Accomplishments: Brandi Elliott currently serves as the Executive Director of Identity and Inclusion at UC, where she oversees Ethnic Programs and Services (EPS), The African American Cultural and Resource Center (AACRC), the LGBTQ Center, and the Women’s Center. Her role is to create spaces on campus for all ethnic groups to have a positive student experience.

Brandi received her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from within the School of Human Services.

Click here to read Brandi’s story.  

Kamontá Heidelburg, Ph.D., NCSP, (He/Him)

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Name: Kamontá Heidelburg, Ph.D., NCSP

CECH Affiliation: School Psychology, PhD graduate within the School of Human Services

Accomplishments: Kamontá Heidelburg, Ph.D., is the first black male to graduate from the School Psychology, Ph.D. program within the School of Human Services. His work examines the educational systems that support young black males and their efficacy from a school psychologist point of view. Heidelberg is currently an Assistant Professor within the Department of Counseling, School & Educational Psychology at the University of Buffalo. 

Click here to read Kamonta's story.

2021 Black History Month Stories

2020 was an unprecedented year for the history books. Due to the pandemic and the groundswell of racial issues we experienced, we were challenged in our professional careers, faced the residual effects of a mandated quarantine, and served on the frontlines as sickness surrounded us all. Nevertheless, we moved forward, worked harder, fought for racial injustice, and sacrificed our very health to help our communities. Here are the stories of some of the staff, faculty, and students within CECH and their contribution in 2020. 


Name: Marci Mason

CECH Affiliation: Graduate of the School of Education

Accomplishments: Marci Mason is a recent graduate who has earned her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education within CECH. Marci has established her career working as an educational professional within daycare centers providing emotional and academic support to her students while being a family advocate.

Marci continued to remain available to her students and families at the start of covid by providing exceptional care while essential workers had to report to their jobs.

Click here to read more about Marci's story.


Name: Teneisha Dyer

CECH Affiliation: Director of Student Recruitment and Marketing 

Accomplishments: Teneisha Dyer is one of the few directors on UC's campus who oversees both recruitment and marketing. Teneisha, once was a recruiter herself, has developed an outstanding recruitment team that recruits first-year and freshman, transfer and transition, and graduate students. Recently, Teneisha has acquired the marketing unit and merges recruitment and marketing efforts to create a positive student experience. 

During her tenure with UC, Teneisha has been a part of the Staff Senate and several working groups across campus, improving student admission and recruitment needs. 

Click here to learn more about how Teneisha inspires her team.

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Name: Josie Evans- Phillips

CECH Affiliation: Assistant Dean of Innovations and Community Partnerships

Accomplishments: Josie Evans- Phillips, who has worked within CECH for several years, has always centered her work around work with community partners and organizations to help establish programs and processes that increase diversity and inclusion. Josie has been apart of several groups such as Upward bound, UC Breakthrough, and Triple Play to help them create programs that address the needs of underrepresented groups.

Josie is a chairman of the CECH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion board and a recipient of the 2016 Marian Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award.

Click here to learn more about how Josie inspires her peers.

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Name: Amber Burley Munnerlyn

CECH Affiliation: Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati 

Accomplishments: Amber Burley Munnerlyn has an extensive background working with the Deaf community. Munnerlyn has built her career around Deaf communities by working as a sign language interpreter in K-12 education, for local non-profit organizations like the Hearing Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati, area hospitals like Children’s and UC Health, for Talbert House, and Social Security Administration.

Munnerlyn is a co-founder of the Cincinnati African American/Black Interpreter Collaborative (CAABIC), who is moving towards creating opportunities for more African-Americans to become nationally certified in ASL interpretation.

Click here to learn more about Amber Burley and her extensive accomplishments.


Name: Keonte Alexander 

CECH Affiliation: Middle Childhood Education | UC '22

Accomplishments: Keonte is a supporter of the "Black Lives Matter" movement. He has taken part in multiple peaceful protests during the summer of 2020 that sought to ratify racial equality for people of color. Keonte participated in the "Anti Racism Workshop" last July, where he led a conversation centered around institutional racism in the educational system and the "Preschool to Prison Pipeline." Alexander was also an intern for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, as he hopes to establish himself as an educator and has plans to make a run for public office in the future.

Alexander spent five years working for the Boys and Girls Club, where he eventually became a Teen Program Leader position. His responsibility was to create programs and activities for 8th-12th graders.

Read more about Keonte Alexander's story. 


Name: Camryn Morrow

CECH Affiliation: Human Development and Community Engagement undergraduate program | UC '22

Accomplishments: Camryn has led the charge in many on-campus student activities and initiatives. After receiving this year's 2021 Student Trail Blazer Award through the Onyx and Ruby Gala, she and her peers within Undergraduate Student Government, has created a 10 step call to action that addresses issues circling the lack of racial inclusivity for students of color on campus. 

Camryn is also a Darwin T. Turner scholar, a member of the Undergraduate Student Government, recipient of CECH's 2020 Outstanding Student Award, and the founder of "Sister Outsiders", a book club for women of color. 

Read more about Camryn Morrow's accomplishments on campus.

2020 Black History Month Stories

In 2020, we highlighted our alumni and their accomplishments upon graduating with a degree from CECH. Review their stories and learn what they are doing in the community as of today.

Reginald Wilkinson

Name: Dr. Reginald Wilkinson

CECH Association: Graduate of the School of Education | Received a Doctorate in Educational Studies

About: Dr. Reginald Wilkinson, began as the Director at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections for the State of Ohio. He has worked with policy makers, government officials, politicians, community leaders, and educators to push forward the agenda of providing education to inmates.

Quote: “It’s important for me, at least, to ‘not forget from whence I come’ and so when I have the opportunity to pay it forward, stay involved, and counsel persons who can benefit from my years of experience, then that’s what I’m going to do. I do think many others can be helpful by committing to something similar.” Read his full story.

Jacqueline Bailey Davis

Name: Dr. Jacqueline Bailey-Davis

CECH Association: Graduate of the School of Criminal Justice | Received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

About: Dr. Jacqueline Bailey-Davis, CECH Class of 1992, is a Staff Inspector at the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD). Among her many accolades, she was recently in the running to become the first African-American female commissioner of the PPD. After completing her first Criminal Justice course as an undergraduate student she fell in love with the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program and decided that, “U.C. has pretty much been the other half of my home.”

Quote: “I understand my role as an African-American woman in law enforcement and the importance of being honest to the communities I serve. I don’t need any specific title for that work or responsibility. As a human being, I care about justice and the protection of everyone, on both sides. As long as I am placed in positions of influence, I will never stop bridging that gap.” Read her full story

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Name: Ricky Plesant

CECH Association: Upward Bound

About: Ricky Plesant was a student of the Upward Bound program, which is embedded within CECH. Plesant, who is now the Executive Assistant to the General Manager of the American Black Film Festival, had a great experience in the Upward Bound program and has led to the success and growth of the man Ricky Pleasant is today.

Quote: “A lot of the success I had professionally, would not have happened without the structure, the social, and confidence building lessons that I was able to learn throughout the Upward Bound program. The program should be viewed as a treasure. A historical one because it has been at U.C. for over 50 years. Hopefully, people will realize how important it is and fight to make sure the funding is still available.” Read his full story.

Mary Weinberg

Name: Mary Wineberg

CECH Association: Graduate of the School of Education | Received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

About: Mary Wineberg, CECH Class of 2002, is most known for her Olympic gold win in the 2008 Bejing Olyimpics, running the first leg of a 4 X 400 relay race. She is just one of four other UC Olympic Gold medalist, and the first African American woman from UC to do so. She keeps good company with the likes of Oscar Robertson who was a member of the 1960 Olympic basketball team and led the Bearcats to the Final Four twice.

Quote: “I love that I can put on different hats. I’m not just an Olympian. I’m an author, I’m a friend, and a sorority sister. I’m also a wife, I’m a mother and I’m a teacher. I can be different things to different people." Read her full story.