I am excited to announce that the Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute has presented its 2017 Excellence in Education Award to Dorothy Barnes-Griswold, CEO, executive director, and one of the founders of the Scholars of Minnesota-COPE Project.
Leaders are learners. Miss Dorothy’s work focuses on empowering young people to learn and grow. This is the foundation of leadership for justice.
Barnes-Griswold retired from Saint Paul Schools in 2004 after 34 years in the teaching profession. She continues to enjoy working with youth, mentoring and reading to young children. The honoree is actively involved within the community of Eagan, MN where she resides and contributes 75-80 percent of her salary to COPE.
COPE (creating opportunities for post-secondary education) is a non-profit organization that aids underrepresented students in obtaining the financial support, educational opportunities and resources necessary to achieve their highest personal, academic and professional goals. Founded in 2006, COPE has come to the aid of approximately 350 individuals of diverse backgrounds by providing scholarships.
Born in Madison Co., Mississippi to the late Rev. Calvin Barnes, Sr. and Mrs. Juanita Jones-Barnes, Barnes-Griswold is the eldest of seven children. She has a lifelong love of learning and graduated from Jackson State University in May 1970 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education. She moved to MN in 1971 to begin her second teaching job with Saint Paul Public Schools District #625 instructing elementary students.
The educator continued her education at the University of River Falls in WI, concluding with a Master’s Degree in 1980 from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She completed a number of hours toward her Doctorate in Education Administration, but was unable to finish due to her devoted commitment to her son, work and the community.
She is the mother of Calvin-Allen Mickel Miller, who is married to Dr. Monica Sanae Lewis Miller of Madison, MS. Barnes-Griswold has two grandsons, Ashton and Camahry, age 12 and 8, respectively.
The recognition and honor bestowed upon Barnes-Griswold by the PPGJLI is a tribute to the contributions she has made to the community and the esteem in which she is held by her peers. Her many endeavors complement the goals of the PPGJLI of empowering and inspiring individuals to make a tangible and lasting difference in the world and the lives of those they touch.