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Leslyn Beckles

Leslyn Beckles
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Graduate Teaching Assistant

Leslyn B. is a Ph.D candidate in Learning, Leading, and Organization Development at the Mary Frances Early College of Education. The title for her research is A Feminist Epistemological Framework on How Experiential Learning Influences Caribbean Women’s Role in Political Leadership.

Leslyn plans to study women political leaders in the Caribbean using a Caribbean feminist theoretical framework, research that is missing from the literature and promises to benefit Caribbean women and aspiring women leaders globally. Ms. Beckles’ research is particularly important because it might help increase women’s representation in political leadership in the Caribbean, which currently stands at 14.3%.

Ms. Beckles started the Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia in 2019. She earned a Master of Public Policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Her graduate work focused on social policy. She holds a Bachelor of Leadership Studies from Beulah Heights University. Her academic interest is leadership development and gender equality. Leslyn recently coauthored a book on emerging leaders using a theoretical and Biblical construct to help young leaders understand the power dynamics of leadership.

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