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Melissa Walker, Ph.D.

Director, TRIO Training Academy / Associate Director, Talent Search Program

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“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Melissa Walker, Ph.D. is the Director of the TRIO Training Academy within Educational Equity at Penn State University, the Associate Director for Penn State's Talent Search and EOC Programs—programs specifically designed to create equitable pathways for first generation/low-income students.  Prior to joining the university in 2010, Melissa spent over 12 years working in the software industry under talent management to enhance organizations' development of diversity, leadership, teamwork, and performance. As a person dedicated to social justice, she has run volunteer training programs for domestic violence centers in CA, as well as volunteer research and training design for the CA Dept. of Corrections. 

“What makes the desert beautiful,' said the little prince, 'is that somewhere it hides a well...” 
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Melissa holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Education, a double M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction for Non-Traditional Students/Career & Technical Education (CTE), and a B.A. in English Literature and Culture. 

Melissa is the mother to four children, so in her spare time, she sleeps.