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Dr. Adria


Adria N. Welcher, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and the director of general education at Morehouse College. She is very passionate about social justice issues and understanding inequalities. Her primary research interests are race and class inequities in educational outcomes and residential choices.  

Dr. Welcher earned her doctorate in sociology from Emory University. She also holds a B.A. in theatre with a minor in mathematics from Spelman College, an M.A. in higher education from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in sociology from Stanford University.  

Dr. Welcher is very active in her community. She has served on the PTA and Principal’s Advisory Councils at her children’s schools. She serves on several boards and is currently the chair of the Georgia State Charter School Foundation and the program chair of Leadership Dekalb. She also serves as the southeastern regional secretary of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and is an active member of The Links Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, and First Baptist Church East Point. 

She is the proud wife of the Rev. Kamau Welcher and mother of four wonderful children. 


Degree | Institution 

Ph.D. | Emory University 

M.A. | Stanford University 

M.A. | University of Michigan 

B.A. | Spelman College 

Past Experience:

Sociology Department Chair | Morehouse College 

Director of General Education | Morehouse College 

Associate Professor of Sociology | Morehouse College 

Education provided me with a lens through which I could see myself and the world differently. So often, we are denied the opportunity to imagine and dream because we only see what looks like who we currently are. My education equipped me with the gift to see and understand other ways of being, thinking, and living, thus, allowing me to see the infinite possibilities within myself and others. As a result, my education has opened countless possibilities for me, my own children, and those students with whom I have been fortunate to interact. 

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