Blueford, Dolores Irene

Personal Vision Statement

I embrace a purposeful, principled, diligent, spirit-filled life open to deep learning, enriched connections, and compassionate reverence for all sentient beings.

Dr. Blueford is a transformative educator, mission-driven leader, and cross-cultural advisor to individuals and organizations.

Dr. Blueford received a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in 2014. She taught graduate-level courses in Systems Theory at Brandman University, Whidbey Island, now the University of Massachusetts Global. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership and Human Development from Chapman University and Fielding Graduate University. She received DACUM (Develop a Curriculum) certification from Ohio State University, Dependable Strengths trainer certification from the University of Washington- Seattle, and a Project Management certificate from Whatcom Community College, Washington State.

Dr. Blueford received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She taught music at Hart Elementary School in El Paso following graduation and later sixth grade at Whispering Pines Elementary School in Miami, Florida. She was a member of the UTEP Concert Choir that performed in fifteen major cities throughout Mexico. Dolores was a New York showroom fashion model and attended evening graduate classes in education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She continued graduate studies in business administration at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Dolores was the first woman and African American to be recruited as a management trainee at a Virginia State headquartered financial institution, Crestar Bank (SunTrust Bank). She assumed a position as senior-level cash management officer and Assistant Vice President. Dr. Blueford was an Associate Director, Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) project at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1996 to 1998. She was one of the founding grant writers and Project Manager for the Northwest Marine Manufacturing and Technology Center of Excellence at Skagit Valley College, Mt. Vernon, Washington.

Dr. Blueford’s past community involvement included serving as a Loaned Executive with the United Way. She also served on the Architectural Review Board for the City of Richmond, Virginia, and on the Community Health Center of Snohomish County, Everett, Washington, and the Brigid Collins Family Support Center, Bellingham, Washington. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, her most recent community service commitment was Home Share Program Manager for Senior Services for South Sound, Olympia, Washington. She developed a Thurston County and surrounding county-wide Housing Resource Guide.

Dr. Blueford established a Washington State education consulting and marketing firm, Blueford & Associates LLC, that assists individuals and organizations in developing the knowledge and skills necessary for global leadership in education and community service. Her academic paper, For-Profit Education: Market-Driven Approach in Higher Education was published and presented at the ICMC 2014 conference, New Delhi, India. She is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal for Governance Excellence.

Dr. Blueford is currently engaged in an exhaustive exploration of cross-cultural identity development and cultural mestizaje in Afro-American and Mexican American adolescents, 1960 to 1970, in El Segundo Barrio, El Paso, Texas.