Dr. Marini Calette Lee, is a native of Richmond, Ca, The City of Pride & Purpose.  Dr. Lee’s scholarly accomplishments include being a high school salutatorian, earning a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies with honors from Stanford University, and completing two advanced degree programs at Michigan State University.   

Dr. Lee’s calling as an urban educator was ignited by a 3 year adventure as a preschool teacher in her hometown.  Desiring to be more equipped as an educator, Dr. Lee transplanted to East Lansing to pursue graduate studies at the #1 teacher preparation program in the nation!  Upon successful completion of her M.A. and Ph.D. (in Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education, respectively), Dr. Lee was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University. For a short time in 2013, she was the principal of a charter school in Southwest Detroit before returning to MSU to become a Retention Specialist & Recruiter for the College of Education, focusing on the college’s many urban education initiatives, including coordinating The COE Summer High School Scholars Program and The Early Success (in Education) Scholars (bridge) Program.

Being a pioneering servant leader is not new to Dr. Lee. In high school she was the founding president of The Association of African American Knowledge.  As a graduate student as MSU, she served as the president of The Black Graduate Student Association, organizing its 1st Annual Research Symposium and BGSA Ball, legacies that continues today.

On a personal note, Dr. Lee loves to mentor young people.  She’s the faculty advisor for an undergraduate group, Crowning Young Queens and The Black Graduate Student Association.  She also serves as a faculty mentor for football players in one of MSU’s Student Athlete Support Services programs.  A recently licensed foster parent and proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, Dr. Lee also loves traveling, practicing Bikram yoga, knitting, crafting, collecting memes and spoiling her dog, Murray.

Marini Lee, Ph.D.

Marini Lee, Ph.D.

Board Member