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"I believe what makes the work I am doing different is that I am not interested in offering a list of do’s and dont’s. I’m not interested in a myriad of things on a checklist we must memorize in order to ensure that we are “good people.” Instead I want people to investigate the sources of the information they hold that guides the decisions and actions they make in their spheres of influence such as on a nonprofit board, in a classroom, or a curator. And then I want them to see how the decisions they make play into larger systems and institutions that impact people that they likely have not spent much time thinking about. In this way my work is more grounded in equity and the investigations of oppressive systems and institutions that we may not realize we are supporting."
Dr. Melissa Crum, Mosaic Education Network founder and diversity practitioner, spoke to members of Joint Base Charleston during a Multicultural Diversity: Real Talk workshop at the Air Base Education Center here Sept. 19, 2017. Crum helped the attendees understand their barriers and stereotypes by creating a chart containing identifiers describing themselves.
Dr. Crum joined professors, graduate students and K-12 teachers for a year-long professional development program on using theater-based practices to increase reading comprehension. The cohort traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon for a 10-day intensive training.
Dr. Crum joins 2013-2014 Imagining America PAGE Fellowship program. PAGE consists of scholars chosen from around the country to advance publicly engaged scholarship that draws on arts, humanities, and design. We catalyze change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization.
Melissa Crum shares her experiences from her year as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow at the Celebration of Service event on May 1, 2014.
Columbus SOUP redefines philanthropy by creating dynamic and democratic spaces for community engagement, participation, and investment, through crowdfunding events and projects.
They harness our city’s strong community spirit to create events that connect people with local projects in need of grassroots funding. They encourage ideas, networking, and volunteerism to foster opportunities for community members to pool their own resources and invest in Columbus.
Through quarterly community events, attendees pay a $7 minimum donation for dinner and a vote to fund projects that make the city a better place. Along with other amazing projects, we pitched our idea to attendees and won over $1,400 for our project.