Durriyyah Kemp

Durriyyah Kemp
Acting County Director and Social & Emotional Learning Educator
Enterprise Center, 2205 Enterprise Drive, Suite 501, Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 449-4320
Affiliated Content Areas
STEM Education

Dr. Durriyyah Kemp provides leadership in social and emotional learning in Cook County; investing in school staff, parents, students, community leaders and organizations.

Kemp graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science focusing on Community Relations and a Master of Science degree in Family and Child Ecology-Community Services. She also earned a Doctorate in Higher Education & Organizational Change from Benedictine University.

Kemp joined the University of Illinois staff in 2006 as a Youth Development Educator providing educational programs throughout the northeast region of Illinois. She served as Chairperson of the statewide Social and Emotional Learning and Healthy Relationships committees. She presently works closely with members of the STEM Team to focus on the integration of social and emotional learning and overall academic success at the K-12 level. Kemp also provides training in the areas of emotional intelligence, personality assessments, staff development, team-building, understanding diversity and inclusion in education, and educational leadership.

She has been recognized for her contributions to Social and Emotional Learning in Illinois and has received the Outstanding Innovative Programming (Team Award) for SEL.

Kemp is also a certified facilitator for the Real Colors Temperament Style Instrument, the EQi 2.0 and EQ 360 (Emotional Intelligence), and Navigating Difference: Cultural Competency Training.

Her professional affiliations include: School Policy & Standards Committee of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership, Heartland Alliance Teen Poverty & Youth Development Project Advisory Group, Metropolitan Board of Young Professionals, National Association for Self-Esteem, Austin Coming Together, Austin Early Childhood Collaborative, Pillars Health Services Advisory Committee, and the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention. Additionally, she serves as an educational contributor and consultant for The Bridge Teen Center.

Program Offerings

  • Maximizing Academic Growth with Social and Emotional Learning
  • Work Wise: SEL Skills for the Workforce
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360)
  • 5 Keys to Integrating SEL in Academics
  • Bully-Proofing Your Classroom
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Learning Across Difference
  • Exploring the Art of Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Team-Building with Real Colors: Understanding Staff Dynamics
  • Real Teaching with Real Colors
  • Real Parenting with Real Colors
  • SEL Parent Circle (series)

Seasonal Program Offerings:

  • The Girls Empowerment Circle
  • The Boys Mentoring Program
  • Bold Connections: SEL for Teens
  • Bold Conversations: SEL for Parents