About Dorothy

Dorothy M. Appiah, Ed.D.

Dorothy is a native Chicagoan and former educator. She attended Catholic elementary and high school. She had four siblings, two sisters and two brothers. Both brothers are deceased. In her early life, her family lived in an area that is today called Bronzeville, which has since experienced rapid gentrification. When she was in her early twenties, the family moved to the Brainerd area of Chicago. During those years, the rise of public housing was a main contributor to economic factors that resulted in resource poor neighborhoods.

For twenty years she taught Career and Technical Education in Chicago Public High Schools. She coordinated small schools’ reform under Perkins’ Legislation; received recognition from Junior Achievement for her work in Economics, and was recognized by the Council of Entrepreneurial Awareness Education for bringing Entrepreneurship Education to the classroom. Additional experiences included adjunct instruction at the post- secondary level.

Dorothy Appiah

She graduated from Roosevelt University, in Chicago, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; she returned to Roosevelt to pursue a Master of Public Administration. She completed K-12 administrative certification at Loyola University, Chicago. In 2005 she received her doctorate in Adult Continuing and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. In 2004 she served as a peer reviewer and research chair for the 13th Annual African American and Latino/a American Adult Education Research Symposium at Northern Illinois University; and, was awarded Northern Illinois University’s College of Education Orville Jones Scholarship for academic achievements, school and community service, and leadership. In 2002 she received the Chicago Career Education Association’s Enos C. Perry Award for Excellence in Business and Career Education.

Her book, “Where Will They Go? Transforming Public Housing in the City of Chicago”, is available from www.morebooks.de. The documentary, “ They Don’t Give A Damn. The Story of the Failed Chicago Projects.” was adapted from the book which is a publication of her doctoral research.

Currently, Dorothy is enjoying life doing what she loves as the founder of D.K.Y. Associates, pursuing entrepreneurial projects, and traveling. She has two adult children; she resides in Illinois.