Dr. Valerie Ekue has over 26 years of combined comprehensive experience in business management/administration, human resources/grant management, student support services, organizational leadership, training, customer service and medical affairs. Dr. Ekue served eight years at USC as a Grants Coordinator in the Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics while also teaching a first-year seminar course for three years. Prior to this, Dr. Ekue served as an Executive Assistant at Providence Hospital and an Executive Management Analyst at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Ekue was trained as a court/crisis advocate through the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) and has volunteered at STSM and Sistercare. Dr. Ekue graduated with a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University and focused her dissertation on typological barriers preventing African American women from self-reporting domestic violence to formal support agencies here in S.C.
Dr. Ekue has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from The College of New Rochelle where she received high honors and minored in Psychology. Dr. Ekue’s research interests includes intimate partner violence and sexual assault among survivors residing in marginalized communities, effective advocacy, policy reform, intervention/prevention, program development, population approaches, community coordinated responses to IPV, health risks and disparities associated with IPV and sexual assault among LGBTQ/immigrant populations and trauma informed care. Dr. Ekue is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.