Dionne FergusonCommitted to Reforming Higher Education:
Dionne J. Ferguson, Esq.

Current USF Masters of Social Work student, Dionne J. Ferguson, Esq., who was born in Bangkok, Thailand, is a 1992 graduate of the University of Florida where she majored in Political Science and minored in Education.  As an undergraduate, Ms. Ferguson was the recipient of the Department of Political Science Outstanding Student of the Year award.  She also served as an ambassador with the former President John Lombardi.

Ms. Ferguson graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1995 as a Council on Legal Education Opportunity Fellow.  While attending law school, she served as Vice President of the Law College Council and received the Trial Advocacy Best Prosecutor award.

After law school, Ms. Ferguson returned to Tampa and worked as a corporate attorney for several distinguished insurance companies where she managed litigation for West Central Florida, lectured at statewide seminars and conducted staff training.  She also received numerous awards for her acute analytical skills, teamwork and commitment to the legal profession.

Ferguson launched the Law Office of Dionne J. Ferguson, P.A. in 2008 and primarily practices Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability and Estate Planning. Ms. Ferguson is admitted to practice before the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  She is also a Certified Civil Circuit Court Mediator.

As native of Tampa and a product of the Hillsborough County school system, Dionne takes an active role in the community having served as Co-Chair of Diversity and Community Action for the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers.  She has also volunteered Bay Area Legal Services in the Volunteer Lawyers program and as a Pro Bono attorney.  Dionne currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Community Action and Scholarship Banquet Committee for the George Edgecomb Bar Association.  In this capacity, Dionne empowers Bay Area youth from impoverished communities to become emerging leaders in society.

In August 2009, Dionne enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program where she currently serves as Class Representative for the 2009 cohort.  Dionne is committed to reforming Higher Education, with a particular passion for improving the accessibility of education to people of color.  Dionne was attracted to University of South Florida because it offered a collaborative experience suited to her professional and personal goals.  She was particularly attracted to the School of Social Work’s powerful pedagogical resource, vibrant intellectual atmosphere and comprehensive curriculum.  Dionne desires to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership.