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DEAN, Cammie

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DEAN, Cammie. (Fort Worth, TX-- ). Cammie Dean was born and raised in Texas, but came to Iowa for a university education. After college she became the first Director of Multi-Cultural Student Services then the first Director of Student Life at CLARKE COLLEGE. (1)

In addition to working at Clarke, Dean served as a part of the training team for Dubuque's Intercultural Competencies Initiative, co-chair of FACES & VOICES, and was a choir director. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Women United for African-American Success; and volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader. In 2002 Dean became the first African American to serve on the board of education of the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT and remained in this office until 2005.

In 2008 Dean served as an adjunct instructor at WARTBURG THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY and co-facilitated an anti-racism workshop. She was the president of the Dubuque chapter of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (N.A.A.C.P.) in 2009. She left the city in that year to be closer to her family. (2)



1. "Cammie Dean," African American Museum of Iowa, Online: http://www.blackiowa.org/education/childrens-oral-history-project/stories/cammie-dean/

2. Becker, Stacey. "Cammie Dean Leaves Dubuque for Texas," Telegraph Herald, March 13, 2009. Online: http://www.thonline.com/news/tri-state/article_adf55112-c37b-523b-a5a8-7cf6bff8880a.html