Former Georgia Rep., “Dee” Dawkins-Haigler to Keynote Commencement

Monday, April 16, 2018


ORANGEBURG, S.C. – SC State University will hold its spring Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 11 in the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. SC State alumna and former member of the House of Representatives in Georgia, Dorothea “Dee” Dawkins-Haigler, will deliver the commencement speech.


Former Georgia Rep., “Dee” Dawkins-Haigler to Keynote Commencement During the ceremony, the university will confer degrees to nearly 500 students.


Dawkins-Haigler, a Democrat, is currently running for the office of Secretary of State in Georgia. She previously served as a member of the House of Representatives in Georgia from 2008 to 2017, in District 91. She dedicates her life to public service through her role as an ordained minister, pastor, college educator, community activist and political strategist.


During her tenure with the Georgia General Assembly, she served as chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and chair of the Georgia Women’s Legislative Caucus. She also served as the chaplain for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the national director of Regional Coordinators for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women. Additionally, she served as a state director for both Women in Government and the National Council of State Legislators Women’s Network.


Dawkins-Haigler is the owner of DDH and Associates and is the executive director of TIME 1000, which is an organization that is dedicated to helping 1000 women and minorities get elected into public office and assists them with receiving board appointments. She has worked with women from various African countries and educated them about running for political office and the topics of gender issues, health, entrepreneurship and education.


She is the founder and president of the Organization of World Leaders, which houses leaders in government, law, business, health, finance and politics, who build alliances for economic sustainability and growth in Africa and the diaspora.


Dawkins-Haigler is also the founder of One Georgia, which is committed to assembling members of the clergy, elected officials, social and civic groups, civil rights organizations fraternities and sororities for the collective purpose of promoting issues that are important to the African American and Hispanic communities. Moreover, she is an organizer for the Minority Cannabis Coalition, which promotes business opportunities and equity for minorities within the cannabis industry.


The community leader eagerly advocates for youth who are impacted by poverty. Her experience with the youth led her to be appointed to the Juvenile Parole Board for the state of South Carolina by former Gov. Jim Hodges, where she was the youngest and the first African American to serve as chair of the board.


She earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from SC State University, a Master of Public Administration from Kentucky State University and a Master of Divinity from Turner Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently working on her doctorate in political science at Clark Atlanta University and has earned honorary degrees such as Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy.


Dawkins-Haigler supports the fight against various societal issues including, human trafficking and domestic violence. As a result, she produced the documentary, “Black Girls Die Too: The Back Page Murders,” which chronicles the death of 14 black women who were victims of human trafficking.


The SC State alumna is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., National Council of Negro Women, Order of Eastern Star and serves as president of the East Metro Orchids. She previously served as the regional officer for Jack and Jill of America.


Currently residing in Lithonia, Georgia, she is married to her college sweetheart, Lt. Col. David Haigler Jr. and they have four children, Christopher, Christyn, Hannah and Joshua. The couple has two grandchildren, Amari and Kingston.