Crystal Edwards

Biography: 

I graduated from the Department of Africology with a Ph.D. in Africana Studies and a graduate certificate in Educational Policy from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Generally, my work has centered the subjective experience of African descended people throughout the Diaspora, specifically the in the United States. I have specifically sought to make visible the intersectional realities of African American women and girls, in their own voices.

For three years’ post-doc, I was a Visiting Professor in the African Americans Studies Department at the University of Houston. In that capacity, I had the opportunity to develop and design courses, engage in student development, and lead students in academic extracurricular activities. While I have taught at the collegiate level for the past seven years; I have expanded my work into administration. At Prairie View A & M University helped to develop their Women’s Initiative and Residential College program to aid in ensuring an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus culture.

It is my belief that education should serve a much larger objective than merely disseminating information. As an educator, I have a social responsibility of fostering learning that leads to critical thinking that ultimately improves one’s life and encourages change. My scholarship, teaching, and consulting work remain aligned with fulfilling my goal of contributing to the world in a positive and meaningful way.