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June M.

June was born in New Haven, Connecticut, where she lived until graduating from high school. She moved to Boston to attend Boston University, but dropped out to participate in the Civil Rights Movement. She married and had two children (a son, Cole, and a daughter, Robin). Following her divorce, she and her children moved to New York City. She worked as a secretary for Columbia University, the Urban League and for Gloria Steinem at the MS Foundation. These experiences convinced her that she really needed to return to college and earn her degree.

Once she returned to school she earned a BS in Psychology with Honors at the State University of New York – College at Old Westbury; a Masters in Clinical Social Work, graduating as President of her Class at Columbia University School of Social Work; a Masters in Psychology at the University of California – Santa Cruz campus; and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California – Berkeley.

As an undergraduate she applied for, and earned, the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship, the American Psychological Association Fellowship, and the Danforth Fellowship for graduate studies. The friends that supported and encouraged her while she was working on her Doctorate nicknamed her “Dr. June” when she completed that degree and the nickname stuck. Dr. June has served as a university faculty member of Social Work at N.C. State University – Raleigh; the Chair of Social Work at N.C. A & T Statue University – Greensboro; and the Chair of the Gerontology Program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She has also been a Psychotherapist for the past 30 years. She earned Certificates as a Critical Incident De-Briefer, an Emergency Preparation Specialist, and a Mental Health Emergency Responder.

She loves scrapbooking, photography, dancing, talking, the ocean, Doo Wop, her Sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha), her children and her 15 year old grandson, Christopher. Dr. June moved in the Carefree Apartments in September, 2011, and tells us she “loves living here…but still dreams about relocating to