Dr. B. DaNine J. Fleming ’96, an associate professor in academic affairs, director of training and intercultural education in the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at the Medical University of South Carolina, will be the keynote speaker for Claflin University’s 2019 Fall Commencement on Friday at 11 a.m. in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex. Claflin will confer bachelor’s and master’s degrees to more than 100 candidates for graduation. The commencement ceremony will be the first for Dr. Dwaun Warmack, since his appointment as the University’s ninth president on Aug. 1, 2019.
Fleming is also the inaugural Unconscious Bias Faculty Scholar at the MUSC. She is immersed in virtually every aspect of initiatives designed to improve the lives of residents throughout Greater Summerville, S.C. She is a founding member of the advisory council for “Taking Back OUR Village,” a youth anti-violence community program, and founder and first chairperson of the annual “Cops and Kids Back to School Bash.” Fleming started the Little Book Lending Library Program at Flowertown Elementary School in memory of her mother, the late Mrs. Doretha W. Jenkins, and she launched the inaugural Little Book Lending Library at the Charles Ross Municipal Complex in historic Lincolnville, S.C. To honor the legacy of her grandparents, Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Oletha Jones Jenkins, Fleming’s family established an endowment at Claflin University. Fleming’s grandmother graduated from Claflin in 1942.
Fleming has served three terms with the Berkeley County School District Health and Physical Education Advisory Council. For the past 10 years, she has been the executive director for The McNeil Foundation for the Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse. Fleming started the Discover MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) STEAM Pipeline Program. In 2017, she graduated from Leadership South Carolina, a statewide initiative that develops South Carolina’s emerging leaders with a focus on issues affecting the quality of life.
A native of Givhans, S.C., Fleming graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. Her scholarly pursuits led to Fleming earning a master of education in Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership and administration from South Carolina State University. Fleming received a doctor of education in educational leadership from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. She also earned a certificate of theology from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Ga. and a certificate as a childbirth educator and Doula through the Somatic Arts and Science Institute.
Fleming was inducted into Claflin’s Hall of Fame in November 2019 at the Sesquicentennial Presidential Scholarship Gala. She is the founding senior partner for The Nevaeh Group, a consulting group focused on assisting corporate and educational clients in achieving diversity and inclusion goals.
A life member and a past chapter president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Fleming is married to Mr. Travis N. Fleming, the mother of Ms. Sydnei L. Fleming and a bonus nephew, Mr. Donte’ D. Reid.