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Jennifer Tomlinson is a product of the Pine Hills community in Orlando, Florida but also has roots in New York and Miami, and she is a proud descendant of Jamaican parents.

When describing what she does, Jennifer would say, “She helps people find pathways to their aspirations through her strengths of communication and teaching.”  She fulfills her purpose as a higher education professional with nearly 15 years of community college experience.  

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of South Florida and a Master of Liberal Studies from Rollins College.

Subsequently, she entered the world of academia as a professor dedicated to helping students gain cultural knowledge and self-awareness by teaching humanities and first-year experience courses.  Her specialties are African-American humanities, ancient and classical studies, and student life skills.  Jennifer finds fulfillment in mentoring and coaching students to higher levels of learning and success.  

Currently, Jennifer serves as the Dean of Learning Support for Valencia College.  As both a faculty and administrative leader, she has had the opportunity to lead projects and initiatives geared toward increasing educational access and student success in Orange and Osceola counties.  

She has been featured on a variety of media outlets, including WUCFTV’s Central Florida Storytellers,  the Colorblind: Race Across Generations podcast, and Carry on Friends: The Caribbean American Podcast.  Jennifer also hosts her own podcast dedicated to the unique perspective of health and wellness of Black women entitled Black Woman Be Well 

About Jennifer Tomlinson

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