Dr. B. DaNine J. Fleming, Claflin University Class of 1996

Dr. B. DaNine J. Fleming is immersed in virtually every aspect of initiatives designed to improve the lives of residents throughout the Greater Summerville and Low country of South Carolina.

She is a founding member of the advisory council for “Taking Back OUR Village,” a youth anti-violence community program, and founder and first chairperson of the annual “Cops and Kids Back to School Bash.” Fleming started the Little Book Lending Library Program at Flowertown Elementary School in member of her mother, the late Doretha W. Jenkins, and she launched the inaugural Little Book Lending Library at the Charles Ross Municipal Complex in historic Lincolnville, SC. She and her family have also initiated six Low country Blessing Boxes to combat food insecurity. To honor the legacy of her grandparents, Lawrence and Oletha Jones Jenkins, Fleming’s family established an endowment at Claflin University. Fleming’s grandmother graduated from Claflin in 1942.

Fleming has served three terms with the Berkeley County School District Health and Physical Education Advisory Council. For the past 10 years, she has been the Executive Director for The McNeil Foundation for the Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse. Fleming started the Discover MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) STEAM Pipeline Program. In 2017 she graduated from Leadership South Carolina, a statewide endeavor that develops South Carolina’s emerging leaders to increase the State’s capacity to address issues affecting the quality of life. Most recently she was received the 2020 MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award: Education-Mentor Clinical Professional.

A native of Givhans, SC Fleming graduated magna cum laude in 1996 from Claflin University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Her scholarly pursuits led to Fleming earning a master’s in early childhood education from the College of Charleston and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership and administration from South Carolina State University. Fleming received a doctorate in educational leadership from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. She also earned a certificate of theology from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) Atlanta, Ga., and a certificate as a childbirth educator and Doula (a trained non-medical companion who supports another individual through a significant health-related experience such as childbirth) through the Somatic Arts and Science Institute.

Fleming is currently an associate professor in academic affairs, director of training and intercultural education in the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and inaugural Unconscious Bias Faculty Scholar at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is also the founding senior partner for The Nevaeh Group, a consulting group focused on assisting corporate and educational clients in achieving diversity and inclusion goals.

Fleming is a life member, state officers and a past chapter president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She is married to Travis N. Fleming, the mother of Sydnei L. Fleming and a bonus nephew Donte’ D. Reid.