Dr. Carol Labor, MSEd, DrPH (Dr. Carol)

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Founder and Chief Development Officer

Dr. Carol is the Founder and Chief Development Officer of the Schools Without Borders program. Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  With a lived experience of complex traumas, Dr. Carol is an award winning advocate, educator, researcher and subject matter expert (SME) on Early Grade Reading (EGR), Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Gender-Based Violence, Mental Health, and Psychological Trauma in vulnerable populations. In 2018 Dr. Labor conducted a historic seminal study of Mental Health First Aid, an evidence-based psychoeducation program, in heterogeneous African communities in Philadelphia. In 2019 Dr. Carol successfully repeated the study in multicultural and multilingual women.


A Public Health Consultant, Dr. Carol also provides fee for service consulting, professional development trainings and workshops through the Conversations with Dr. Carol Series established in 2017. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Development and ACEs
  • Mental Health and Trauma in Education/ Employment Settings
  • Emotional Numbness and Depression
  • Language Access
  • Immigrant and Refugee Student/Employee Integration
  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
  • Cultural Competency and Bias
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Workplace Harassment and Retaliation
  • Women's Trauma
  • Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
  • Trauma Education and Response  (Violence, Disaster, Emergencies)
  • Community Participatory Research


Dr. Carol serves as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Schools Without Borders in Consultative Status to ECOSOC; Chair of the Children and Youth Committee on Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs in Philadelphia since 2010; and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Governed by the Labor Foundation, Schools Without Borders merges Dr. Carol's  passion, pain, and purpose.