Iris Hunter, Ph.D
Iris R. Hunter, PhD, M. Ed., is the President and Founder of SOE Innovative Enterprises, LLC, a consultant firm that provides support services to entities and individuals who have a passion for community outreach with a desire to address one or more of the social determinants that negatively impact the lives of people. Social determinants include health disparities, low literacy and educational deficiencies, women support & empowerment and providing resolution for the multiple needs of Youth and Seniors. Regardless of your budget or vision, SOE will work with you to develop an initiative that will capture your outreach vision.
As a community outreach expert, Dr. Hunter has 20 years of experience developing and executing strategies for organizations across the country. Her experience includes nearly 9 years of leadership at the national headquarters of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In her role as Vice President, High Risk Programs and Health Disparities and Special Liaison to the CEO on Diversity, she was responsible for the development and oversight of all minority program and outreach strategy.
Her experience also includes the following: serving as the National Director, for Save the Children, Inc where she was responsible for rolling out and managing the nationwide AmeriCorps program and other related Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS) programs, the Department of Education’s TRIO programs- Student Support Services at Allen University, Columbia SC and Upward Bound at the University of South Carolina in Columbia SC. Her commitment to community also inspired her to serve fulltime as an AmeriCorps Member for two years through the Greater Dallas Community of Churches where she worked with the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools.
She graduated from the Union Institute & University (Cincinnati OH) in 2012 with a PhD that concentrated interdisciplinary studies in African American Studies, Women’s Studies and Community Education. Her dissertation allowed her to research the lives of African American women educators in South Carolina who taught and bore witness of the Civil Rights Movement (1960’s era). Her additional educational credentials include a Master's degree in Education (Adult and Community Educational Strategies), a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies and a BAIS (Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies) in African American Studies and Cultural Studies-all from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, Dr. Hunter has completed various workshops and classes that provided additional training and insight in program development, staff management, diversity/inclusion and cultural studies.