Dr. Hawkins has been involved in competitive speech and debate since he was thirteen years old. In a mere 6 years of coaching, he has coached several national finalists, including champions in duo interpretation and IPDA debate. In addition to debate, Deion is a health communication scholar whose research utilizes intercultural theory to mitigate health disparities. Deion has studied a myriad of topics including police violence as a health issue and HIV in the Black MSM community; he is an avid social justice advocate for marginalized communities. In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Hawkins has worked as a health communication consultant for various social marketing campaigns, combatting issues like human trafficking, advanced care directives, youth homelessness and PrEP awareness.
M.A., Marshall University
Ph.D., George Mason University