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Dorothy, originally from Bronzeville, Illinois, enrolled in college at the age of ten. On May 19, 2020, she completed a master’s degree in environmental and sustainable science from Unity College in Unity, Maine.

Her doctoral dissertation focused on addressing mental health stigma among university students. In addition to her academic achievements, she also runs the Dorothy Jeanius STEAM Leadership Institute, where she inspires underserved youth.

In her remarks at the ASU Health Convocation, she shared her hopes to inspire others across all generations to go for their dreams, lean into their village, and pivot when necessary.

“This week has been surreal.” she wrote on social media. “Full of reflection and inspiration. I got a chance to meet many of my classmates in person, as well as my professors. I want to get the opportunity to speak on stage in front of 20,000 people and 3M online. Nice to meet you. I’m an alumnus of Arizona State University.”

Dorothy, who turned 18 on March 18, 2024, was named for civil rights icon Dorothy Wright Tillman.

“As I navigate this new chapter of my life, I am approaching it with a mindset of taking things one day at a time, learning as much about myself and my desires as possible,” she posted on social media. “I understand that my aspirations and goals may evolve, but I embrace each lesson and experience. I am incredibly grateful for the unwavering support and love from my family, friends, and even supporters I have never met. Your thoughts, prayers, and positive energy have encouraged me to keep growing and striving for my dreams. Thank you for being a part of my journey, believing in me, and showering me with your kindness and well wishes. I am truly blessed to have each of you in my life, and I cherish the connections we share.”



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