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I was born Tammy Wright in Middletown, Ohio. My two brothers, twin sisters and I were raised in Northside, the legendary heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota, by my mom; a hard-working, single parent.
Her intelligence, tenacity, and persistence sparked my desire to pursue and apply education in every area of my life. In 1992 I enrolled in the Filmmaking program at Minneapolis Community College; now known as Minneapolis Community & Technical College to pursue my dream of becoming a psychologist and a filmmaker.
However, my life took a different turn and in 2003, I left Minneapolis, moved to North Carolina and began my career as a Corrections Officer at the North Carolina Department of Corrections while earning my Bachelor’s degree at Mount Olive College. Volunteering in the college’s reentry field became a passion which exposed a critical need for housing and jobs for ex-offenders. Fulfilling this need became the catalyst in opening a halfway house called the Imagine House, in 2009; dedicated to assisting ex-offenders with mental health issues to become gainfully employed & reconnect with their families and community. Still having an insatiable appetite for education, during this time I attended Tiffin University, earned my Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in crime analysis, and earned 13 forensic certifications from the Department of Justice.
In the meanwhile, my desire to become a psychologist and impact the community remained on my heart and mind.
When I returned home to Ohio, I re-invented The Mahogany Club; a local social network of 12-15 women of color who modeled class and dignity and empowered themselves, the youth and elderly. During that time, I earned my Phyd. at California Southern University, achieving my dream to become a licensed psychologist to impact and pour into the lives of my community.
My life has been an amazing journey; filled with many unexpected challenges and rewards. These roller coaster opportunities have created platforms of critical thinking and resourcefulness. I’ll share more with you soon. Look for more inspiring and resourceful books in the near future.
Prof. Tammy Wright, MSCJ