Dionna Stokes is an Akron native who brings a global perspective to workforce development. She has worked in workforce development for 2 years with the Akron Urban League as a Case Manager for the CCMEP (BOSS) program and currently serves as the Project Coordinator of AUL’s newest workforce development program, Ignite: Connections that Fuel Success. Prior to obtaining full-time employment with AUL, she worked seasonal positions within the organization, as a Summer Youth Employment Program Supervisor and Summer Youth Employment Program Coordinator for the County of Summit’s Executive Director, Ilene Shapiro’s Summer Youth Employment Program.
Dionna is an alumna of Kent State University, where she was conferred a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. She is currently enrolled in her final year of graduate school at Northeastern University, where she will obtain a Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations, with a concentration in Global Student Mobility.
Dionna’s passion and interest in transforming communities is not limited to the classroom. She leverages technology into service as a Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) intern for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, as one of the embassy’s coordinators of the Afghan Fulbright Scholars Mentorship program and previously served as a VSFS English as a Second Language intern for the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea.
Dionna’s academic background reflects her passion for the community in a global context. Nationally, she engages in community service projects between Akron, Oh and Boston, MA as a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduate Student Fellowship, from the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute at Northeastern University. Locally, she is an AmeriCorps alumna of City Year Cleveland with over 1,700 hours of community service and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.