Dré Johnson has been featured in research journals, newspaper articles, websites and more. He served as a School Social Worker and Regional Diversity Facilitator creating diversity curriculum for 54 schools throughout New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts before relocating to Florida. The experienced lobbyist, educator and advocate most recently published an article for the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry on preventing mass shootings in schools. Dré is currently working as a School Social Worker for Head Start in Broward County Public Schools. He has facilitated workshops, moderated countywide initiatives, town hall meetings and presented on the international stage. His vision to close the achievement gap between people of color and their more affluent counterparts by educating and empowering one person at a time.
Dré Johnson, born and raised in Rochester, NY graduated high school from the country's lowest graduating district for Black and Latino males at an abysmal 9%. Now he is a member of the nation's largest National Honor Society for Social Workers (Phi Alpha). He published his first research article as a college student on systemic racism and it's effects on people of color. He was later awarded the Provost Fellowship from Florida Atlantic University to present and publish research for the National Association for Social Work (NASW) Conference. Dré also earned the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship along with 40 other top performing scholars nationwide. Dré is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) the largest professional organization for social workers. He studied African & African-American Studies at the University of Ghana while completing his Bachelor of Social Work. Dré is passionate about working with youth and families as well as educating faculty and staff on topics of mental health, equity, and inclusion.
What's Next for Dré?
Dré is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern in the state of Florida looking to broaden his experience as a psychotherapist and becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2021. His goal is to become a professor, private practitioner, author, and guest lecturer for communities of color worldwide.