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Janine Franklin, PhD

Pipeline Programs Coordinator | University of Chicago

"My vision for Chicago is that the black and brown youth who reside here, especially first-generation and under-resourced youth, not only have access to a quality education but also know that who they are is valuable. I hope to continue creating programs and impacting policy that will allow our youth greater ease in navigating educational systems while also providing the space for youth to realize their potential."


Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin - Madison, '08

Fun fact: Shoes are life! If you ask me; the higher the heel, the better I feel.

Dr. Janine Franklin, affectionately called Dr. J, is an educator, leader, mentor and passionate youth development specialist committed to improving college access, transition, and persistence outcomes for underrepresented, low-income and/or first-generation students in the city of Chicago. Dr. Franklin is skilled in program development and organizational leadership and has served in various professional and civic capacities within education for almost a decade. She currently serves as the Pipeline Programs Coordinator at the University of Chicago, overseeing initiatives to train and mentor underrepresented students into academic pathways from the high school to the post-graduate level. Prior to joining UChicago, Dr. Franklin served as a college access team leader at the Comer Education Campus on the Southside of Chicago. While there, she successfully transformed and revised their college preparation curriculum for the Gary Comer Youth Center, launched their STEM exploration initiative, created and launched ParentU, and piloted collaborative college planning efforts between Gary Comer Youth Center and Gary Comer College Prep. She has the distinct honor of being named a 2018 Surge Institute Fellow and is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois. She was formerly a State of Illinois’ Diversifying Higher Education Fellow and a Powers-Knapp Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Janine finds joy is serving and helping people in whatever ways she can. She currently serves on the Associate Board for Providence-St. Mel, serves as a college counselor for the Chicago Scholars Foundation and facilitates Rockstars, a black girls’ empowerment group on the Southside of Chicago. When Janine is not mentoring youth in some way, you can find her shopping or traveling!