Training and Leadership Development Manager

Jermaine Soto is Puerto Rican, born and raised in New York City (Nuyorican from Queens to be exact). He has lived and worked in Washington D.C., Oregon, and Syracuse, NY before relocating to Nashville in 2015. Jermaine recently joined Conexión Américas as the Training and Leadership Development Manager where he will create, coordinate, and facilitate trainings and workshops on Latino cultural relevancy and competency within education, community, non-profit, and other spaces. He will also assist with the creation of Conexión Américas’ statewide leadership development fellowship.

Jermaine recently completed a year as the Underrepresented Minority Dissertation Fellow at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to his arrival in Nashville, Jermaine was a full-time Doctoral student at Syracuse University within the Cultural Foundations of Education department, where he was awarded a McNair Graduate Fellowship. He also served as a Research Assistant for Syracuse University’s Intergroup Dialogue Program, where he also taught several courses.

In addition to his work for Conexión Américas, Jermaine is an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University and is finalizing his dissertation, which focuses on urban Latino community responses to educational inequities and injustices.

Jermaine is passionate about teaching and engaging the community on key Latino education issues, Latino identity development through the use of testimonios, cultural relevancy, and intergroup dialogue. His wife, Dr. Mona Ivey-Soto, is an Assistant Professor of Education at Belmont University, with a focus on urban education, multicultural curriculum development, and community engagement. Most importantly, Jermaine is a very devoted husband and father who loves hanging out and being silly with his family.