Dr. Ty Douglas is a rising star who is inspiring audiences across the globe! The author of three books, including “Border Crossing Brothas: Black Males Navigating Race, Place, & Complex Space,” Douglas offers high impact, high energy presentations that draw on his work in college and professional athletics, black male success, black family studies, diversity and equity, teaching and learning, and critical spirituality. Dr. Douglas is not your typical academic. He is a border crossing brotha-scholar who authentically connects w
Dr. Ty Douglas is a rising star who is inspiring audiences across the globe!
The author of three books, including “Border Crossing Brothas: Black Males Navigating Race, Place, & Complex Space,” Douglas offers high impact, high energy presentations that draw on his work in college and professional athletics, black male success, black family studies, diversity and equity, teaching and learning, and critical spirituality.
Dr. Douglas is not your typical academic. He is a border crossing brotha-scholar who authentically connects with people, while operationalizing his mesearch and wesearch for maximum community impact. The co-editor of a new special issue on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in Teachers College Record—one of the leading education journals, Douglas’ work is crossing borders!
“Dr. Ty” is a dynamic and sought-after international speaker, author, songwriter, and scholar who captivates audiences with his unique combination of depth, wit, and practicality. He has delivered keynotes, motivational talks, and lectures in Africa, Europe, Bermuda, Brazil, the Caribbean, and the United States. His most recent speaking events include sharing the stage with renown motivational speaker “ET The Hip Hop Preacher” at Howard University, presenting at the Arkansas Minority Health Summit, and speaking for the NCAA, drawing on his 2015 NCAA grant funded study on Black male student-athletes at the University of Missouri. He has also spoken for numerous K-12 schools, colleges, athletic programs, teaching and leadership events, and community organizations, including MLK Day Celebrations, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Mizzou Men4Men, Mizzou Women’s Soccer, the Bermuda Union of Teachers Convention, University of Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa), and the Illinois Math and Science Academy.
Dr. Douglas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and an affiliate faculty member of the Black Studies program at the University of Missouri. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Studies/Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Cultural Studies and a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration. Drawing on his international background, Dr. Douglas’ work explores the intersections between identity, community space (e.g. barbershops, sports fields, neighborhoods, and churches) and the social and cultural foundations of leadership and education.
He has taught in K-12 and post-secondary settings in the U.S. and Bermuda, founded and directed a GED Community School, and served on the executive committee of the American Educational Studies Association. He has also been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including the prestigious 2013-2014 UNCG School of Education’s Early Career Award, a 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the 2016 Mizzou College of Education Outstanding College Teaching Award.
Dr. Douglas’ most recent publications have appeared in outlets such as Educational Studies, The Urban Review, Teachers College Record, Race, Ethnicity, and Education and The Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Diversity and Equity. He is the co-editor and a contributing author of 12 Shades of Man: Testimonies & Transitions to Manhood, and co-author with his wife of So Amazing…Her Story: Secrets to Finding and Keeping a Great Man. He has also written numerous book chapters and journal articles related to his research interests.
Dr. Douglas is happily married with two children. Together with his family, he has given birth to So Amazing Life Ministries, which is a multi-faceted, multi-generational ministry that is impacting the world and his local community.
Are you looking for a passionate, articulate, effective and motivational speaker for your educational institution, church, male organization or youth group? Then Dr. Ty-ron Douglas is that individual! Bermuda College has had the privilege of having Dr. Douglas speak on two occasions over the past year. On the first occasion, Dr. Douglas was one of the speakers at our Male Forum organized by our MenSpeak registered student organization. It was clear that Dr. Douglas had a heart for education and a passion for challenging men to take up their rightful roles in their families and communities. As a result of hearing Dr. Douglas speak at this forum and as an alumnus of Bermuda College, I invited him to be our 2013 Commencement speaker. He delivered a motivational and inspiring speech to our graduates and was deemed by many to be one of our best Commencement Speakers in recent years. By sharing his personal struggles and challenges, he inspired the graduates to understand that no matter what life throws at you, you are able to overcome as long as you continue pressing toward your goal and finish whatever you start. As a result of his dynamic Commencement Address, Dr. Douglas was invited by the Pastor of Mount Zion AME Church to speak at their morning worship service. I again had the privilege to be present and hear another dynamic message. Dr. Douglas has been blessed with a special oratory gift which he is able to effectively use to relate to persons, especially black men, of all ages. Dr. Douglas is passionate about family, males, education and winning souls for the Kingdom and I would highly recommend him if you are seeking a dynamic motivational speaker to address any of these topics.- Dr. Duranda Greene, JP, Bermuda College President
Dr. Douglas is an exceptional professor, author and motivational speaker.- Buford Griffith, III, Principal, Peterso, Warren AcademyInkster, MI
The day Dr. Douglas came to speak was the best class period we ever had. Dr. Douglas spoke with great passion, intellect, and experience— we were all astonished.- Kara White, University of Missouri Alumna • Vic, President, MU Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. • Pattonville High School Math Teacher
In his one-hour talk he reignited the flame that had begun to die in some of us about teaching and the field of education…. I knew that I needed to find a way to have more students, especially African American students, hear him.
Thus, in the Spring of 2014 I asked Dr. Douglas to be the guest speaker at my sorority’s event, “Scholars without Borders.” Again, Dr. Douglas gave a moving speech that touched everyone in the room. Dr. Douglas’ ability to connect with and truly inspire people from all walks of life is what truly amazes me.
It was just really empowering! It was great hearing Dr. Douglas talk about a lot of these issues (race, racism, identity, diversity) that are difficult to talk about and coming from a school that did not have a lot of diversity, it was really great to hear!- Undergraduate Student , University of Missouri
Dr. Douglas’ speech was dynamic and full of information that our teachers are going to be able to use in their teaching practices. In addition to that, his talk was also something that inspires a group of people who are going into a profession to serve others; to hear those words from someone like Dr. Douglas based on his background and the work that he does undoubtedly impacts the people that he speaks to!- Dr. Matthew Cunningham , Postdoctoral Researcher / Scholar / Undergraduate Instructor University of Missouri
As a scholar and speaker who has transitioned from homelessness as a teenager, to completing my GED, and now having earned a PhD, I know the power of border crossing personally and professionally! In addition to my personal experience, I have dedicated my life to assisting others in border crossing and I am pleased that my friend and colleague, Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas, has made this his life’s work. I am excited about Dr. Douglas’ book and its capacity to provide access, perspective and practical possibilities for others who desire to cross borders toward the fulfillment of their destiny!- Eric “ET” Thomas, PhD, Renowned Speaker, Educator, Author, Activist, and Minister
Ty-Ron and Bobbie’s life story is truly so amazing because it proves that God is able to do the unthinkable and unimaginable in our relationships today! This so amazing story truly offers secrets to living amazing lives in marriage. You will be inspired!- Pastor Marlene J. King, MDIV, M.S., Pastor for Discipleship, Madison Mission SDA Church
Keynote • Commencement • Workshop • Motivational
• You Are a Dream Come True
• Confessions of a Border Crossing Brotha-Scholar
• Teaching Race With All of Me
• The Adopted Adopter
• Drawing (in)Justice: What You Don't SEE in the Classroom
• Identity, Leadership & Success: Understanding the Journeys of Black Male Athletes
• How to Set Goals and Achieve Them
• Around Here We Believe
• The Peril of Paradise
• Secrets to Finding and Keeping a Great Man
• 3 Keys to So Amazing Living
• College Success
• High Achieving Youth
• Black History Month