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Dr. Paula D. Turner

Daily Record Staff//May 14, 2021

Dr. Paula D. Turner

By Daily Record Staff

//May 14, 2021

Dr. Paula D. Turnerturner-paula-d-1

Supervisor of Science, Health, Physical Education, & STEM
Dorchester County Board of Education

How do you define mentoring and what steps do you take to ensure it is a priority and just part of your job duties?

Mentoring for me is being willing to share what life has shown you works with those coming behind you. When I established the Precious Pearls girls mentoring program almost 10 years ago, I decided I would take it wherever I went not just in the communities where I reside.

The past year has not only been challenging with COVID but we have also faced race and discrimination challenges and realities as a state and a country. How do you establish a strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion in your organization and how do you use your influential voice to help others understand the importance?

I did not set out to have a strategy to address diversity, equity, and inclusion, but I was and continue to be committed to ethics and moral accountability in the workplace. My steadfast commitment was really to more of a moral crusade started long ago by those like Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to hold myself and those around me accountable for their actions.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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