Charisse Willis is an Associate Dean in The School of Education
at St. John’s University. She has been with St. John's
University for over 20 years. In 1989, she received her B.S.
degree in Athletic Administration/Sports Management from St.
Vincent’s College. In 1991, she obtained her M.S. in School
Counseling and in 1995, she obtained her P. D. in School Counseling
from St. John's University. Dean Willis is permanently
certified by New York State in School Counseling.
In 1993, Charisse began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at St.
John's University. She continues to teach courses concerning
the many facets of education. For many years, she has been
the Director of several programs at the University; America Reads *
America Serves, a federal work study program that allows
college students to go into the community to serve in a field that
complements their major and/or tutor/mentor students from grades
1-12. She is also the Campus Champion of Jumpstart, a head
start program for high-risk pre-K children.
Charisse also is in charge of the Student Affairs for Undergraduate
in The School of Education. She is the lead advisor for The Dean’s
Scholars, a student ambassadorship that represent the Dean at
prestigious events. She is the Counselor of the Kappa Eta
Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in
Education. She is also the Advisor of S.T.A.R., Students
Teaching Academic Responsibilities, a mentoring program that helps
facilitate the transition of incoming freshmen and transfer
students into the School of Education. She has other numerous
professional affiliations, and has served on multiple committees,
such as the President’s Society Committee, Women’s History Month
Committee, Egyptian Cohort Committee, the Black History Month
Committee, the Education for Justice Committee, the Harmony Month
Committee, and the Gender Issues Committee. Charisse has
served as the Chairperson of the AIDS Awareness Day Committee and
last but not least, she served as a member of the St. John the
Baptist Alliance Committee.
Service is a big part of her life and she makes it a necessity
not only for herself, but for her students and staff to make
community service an ongoing activity. She founded the St.
John the Baptist Making A Difference - “MAD” Project, which upon
completion, will revamp a high-risk and desperately needy
primary/middle school. She took part in New York Cares Day,
as well as Project Feed New York, in addition to St. John's
University Service Day. She has completed countless hours in
Paris and in Rome, serving the poor and children. During the summer
of 2009, she spent two weeks in Puerto Rico, interviewing the
homeless as well as serving them. In addition to these few service
events, Charisse Willis dedicates her life to completing other
service projects in order to help make every child’s wish become a
She has been granted The School of Education Service Award,
Teacher of the Year Award, Kappa Delta Pi Lucinda Rose Counselor
Award, and honored as an Outstanding Young Woman in America. For
her commitment to The School of Education, and the St. John's
University community, Charisse Willis was presented the 2007
Leadership in Education Award.
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Date: Monday, March 26th,
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: DAC Ballroom 416, Queens