Role Model

Petrice Sams-Abiodun, PhD

Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Dr. Petrice Sams-Abiodun has established herself as a change-maker for literacy in New Orleans and beyond. As Executive Director at the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy at Loyola University, she worked tirelessly to examine the broader issue of literacy as a vehicle for personal, economic, and community empowerment. In an effort to link research with practice, she worked closely with the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans and other community organizations to eradicate low literacy.

Petrice received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tulane University in 2003. Committed to using her experience and skills to develop a stronger Louisiana, Petrice serves on numerous advisory boards and committees. She is a former resident of New Orleans public housing and a graduate of New Orleans public schools. As a family demographer, her goal is to use research for the development and liberation of traditionally marginalized and oppressed people.

Petrice is also exploring how to use culture and arts as assets for addressing social issues. She is presently working on a book that examines the opportunities and challenges facing low-income African American men. This research is contributing to a broader national discussion on the role of men as fathers, family, and community members in low-income neighborhoods.

Petrice is currently the Vice President of External Services in Louisiana with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast where she has opportunities to address issues of reproductive health, rights, and justice.