September 18, 2018 at 10:05 am

Alumni News | Kalvin DaRonne Harvell is President of Michigan Sociological Association

Dr. Kalvin Harvell

Dr. Kalvin DaRonne Harvell

Dr. Kalvin DaRonne Harvell ’99M serves as the president of the Michigan Sociological Association. He is a professor of sociology at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Mich., and the chief intellectual officer (CIO) at Harvell & Associates, an educational consulting firm involved in the production of asset-focused, culturally responsive educational programming.

After a B.S. in Sociology from Grand Valley State University, Harvell earned his M.A. in Sociology from the College of Arts & Sciences Ohio University, Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Oakland University, and Ph.D. in Global Leadership Studies from Indiana Institute of Technology.

He has taught an array of courses, including Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society, Independent Studies, and Leadership in Diverse Communities and Organizations. Harvell also taught in a learning community designed for under-represented males. In addition to his teaching duties, he and his colleagues coordinate the Black Male and Quintessential Unique Essence of Ebony Necessary Sisters (QUEENS) Focus Group, an academic and social support network designed to address equity issues on the campus of Henry Ford College.

His OHIO Experience

Although Harvell received his foundation in sociology as an undergraduate at Grand Valley State University, Ohio University nurtured and challenged him in ways that allowed him to explore and dismantle the academic and professional limitations he had placed on himself. While he knew he wanted to be a professor when he arrived in Athens, he did not have a clear vision of how to achieve this goal.

“Ohio University provided me with the space to grow, push boundaries, and experience sociology beyond a classroom or book,” Harvell says. “Furthermore, I developed valuable friendships and brothers who are still with me today.”

Of all of his accomplishments and letters, the letters he is most proud and passionate about are D A D D Y!

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