Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt – author, educator, scholar, community activist and performing artist - is the Distinguished Professor of Africana Studies and Social Work at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. Dr. Reid-Merritt received the Doctorate of Social Work in Race, Law and Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Reid-Merritt is also the Founder and Artistic/Executive Director of Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre, Inc., a community-based cultural and performing arts organization currently celebrating its 47th year of operation. Afro-One has been described as "the cultural magnet" for African American youth, families and the community in southern New Jersey.
Dr. Reid-Merritt has served as an educational and training consultant in Africana Studies and Social Work to colleges, universities, local school districts, businesses, state and city governments. She has expertise in the areas of inclusion, diversity, cultural sensitivity, race, racism and anti-racism, with a particular focus on African American families, communities and organizations.