Sandra Dembly-Davis earns Diplomate status with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute

Alcorn State University instructor Sandra M. Dembly-Davis has added another title to her resume.

Davis, a Natchez, Mississippi native who is also the coordinator of Field Education in Alcorn’s Department of Social Work, earned Diplomate status with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute in December. Diplomate status is a high honor reserved for those who are able to meet the stringent requirements of the Institute in the areas of knowledge, skill, training and experience in the forensic sciences.

Davis’ interactions with victims of violence prompted her to expand her knowledge of the forensic field.

“Working with families and survivors of sexual violence, I knew that it was important that I become more involved and familiarized with issues such as child welfare, mental health and substance abuse within the context of the criminal justice system,” said Davis.

Davis inspiration to pursue Diplomate status came from the many life lessons her mother taught her.

“As a child reared in a single parent home, my dear, sweet mother, the late Mrs. Shirley Mae Dembly-Williams, instilled in me to always be respectful, treat others as you want to be treated, and always give back in whatever capacity you are able to fulfill.”

Davis said that she looks forward to providing students with knowledge that will help them better their lives.

“My goal is to continue educating and preparing students to improve the quality of life for those who are facing social and economic challenges.”

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