Dierdre Williams joined the Education Support Program in 2012 as the program officer responsible for critical thinking initiatives. In this role she is tasked with developing a coordinated strategy to promote the role of critical thinking in creating and maintaining open societies.
Dierdre has training in the fields of law, marketing, and education. She holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados; an MBA with concentration in marketing from Georgia State University; and a Ph.D. in international education policy from the University of Maryland at College Park. Her academic and professional work in the field of education focuses on the areas of citizenship, democracy, identity, and belonging, and exploring the best approaches to educating for democracy and social justice.
Previously, Dierdre worked on projects in her native Caribbean region aimed at enhancing the capacity of educators to integrate democratic values and practices in their classrooms and schools.