Martin Luther King Studies Student Spotlight:

Did you know that Union Institute & University offers one of the few Ph.D. specializations in Dr. Martin Luther King Studies in the country? In recognition of this distinct honor, and in remembrance of Dr. King, this month we asked a few MLK students to share how they apply Dr. King’s philosophies in everyday life.

Cheri Scott

Cheri Scott

As a student in the Martin Luther King Specialization for Union Institute and University, I utilize Dr. King’s theories of social justice and equality to my area of study, which includes food and environmental justice. My passion for food and environmental justice stems from my personal experience as my son was diagnosed with a developmental disability. Researching his symptoms, I began to modify his food choices by eliminating environmental toxins as well as food toxins from his diet. Once I eliminated those toxins, my child's behavioral problems rapidly decreased. I incorporate whole foods that are fresh and organic. This is one of the reasons why I am seeking a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Social Change, as it relates to my theory that violent diets in predominately impoverished communities enhance behavioral issues in children and the entire community. All people should have equal access to full-service food markets that offer fresh and organic whole food. I have devoted my research work in pursuit of these mechanisms.


Cheri is a full-time student at Union Institute and University, starting her fifth year in the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program. From 2008 to July 2013, she worked as a Project Management Specialist for Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Her responsibilities included developing project budgets for all clinical research projects that required laboratory services and extensive review of clinical research study protocols that were approved through the Institutional Review Board. Cheri has extensive knowledge and training in Cerner Tools, an international health care information technology system that manages and integrates electronic medical records, computerized physician order entry, and financial information for hospitals and other medical organizations.

Cheri earned her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan and BS in Business Management from Northern Kentucky University.

Learn more about Union Institute & University's MLK Studies Specialization.