Dr. April Ruffin-Adams has been a social work educator since 2013. Dr. Ruffin-Adams joined Walden University in 2018 and serves as a Contributing Faculty member in the Barbara Solomon College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She began her career at North Carolina A&T State University as a lecturer and field liaison. Since 2016, Dr. Ruffin-Adams has taught in the African American/African Diaspora Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to her role in academia, Dr. Ruffin-Adams was employed as a school social worker. Dr. Ruffin-Adams is also a facilitator and DEIA strategist with Northington and Associates where she works with a team to support non-profits strategic planning and diversity, equity, and inclusion mission development needs. In her role, she works directly with clients centering community voice to create meaningful strategic planning and implementation. A graduate of Hampton University, Dr. Ruffin-Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She also has Masters in Social Work from the Joint Master of Social Work Program at NC A&T State University and UNCG and a PhD in Cultural Foundations of Education from UNCG. April is passionate about creating a world where peace, justice, and inclusivity is a reality for all people.