Elgrie Jones Hurd, III is originally from eastern Menlo Park, California. He holds a master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in psychology, with an emphasis in industrial-organizational psychology. He holds a master’s degree from San José State University in sociology, with an emphasis in sociology of education. He also has a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona University in sociology. For over 20 years, Elgrie has worked in education in some capacity. He is a faculty member for the Psychology and Sociology Departments at the Brookhaven Campus of Dallas College (formerly Dallas County Community College District). Elgrie has served as an adjunct faculty member for Criswell College, Messenger College, Parker University, Strayer University, and Tarrant County College. He also serves as a contributing editor for numerous psychology and sociology textbooks. His efforts at previous institutions helped them exceed expectations in academic support and student support services by programmatic accrediting bodies. In his many roles, he worked diligently on DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), and addressed college readiness/success needs of at-risk high school students, college students and even parents/guardians of students.
Over the last 13 years Elgrie has traveled around the country educating educators and parents about DEI, and the power of culturally relevant education. Elgrie specializes in educational consulting, diversity/inclusion, motivational speaking, and organizational program evaluations. As it relates to serving the community, Elgrie served as the secretary for Communities in Schools – Dallas Region’s Leadership Council for nearly 3 years, an influencer for the online women’s networking empowerment site onmogul.com, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc (initiated through the Iota Psi Chapter at Cal Poly Pomona). Elgrie is pursuing his doctorate in leadership studies with a concentration in general leadership at Dallas Baptist University. Elgrie resides with his family in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (Texas).