JAWS welcomes justice educator Alicia T. Crosby

The Journalism & Women Symposium is honored to partner with justice educator Alicia T. Crosby (pronouns: she/hers) in the next phase of our work to build a more equitable and inclusive organization.

Crosby works with institutions, communities and individuals around identity, inclusivity and intersectional equity, and co-founded the Chicago-based nonprofit Center for Inclusivity.

“We are elated to work with Alicia to make JAWS a more welcoming, supportive space for all members,” Interim JAWS President Lindsey Anderson said. “Alicia’s knowledge, experience and thoughtfulness will help us take the next steps in our equity and inclusion work.”

Crosby and the JAWS Board of Directors are working to schedule educational programming and community conversations around equity and inclusion at several JAWS regional groups across the country and to ensure this year’s Conference & Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Williamsburg, Virginia, is welcoming and supportive of all attendees. Crosby will lead a session at CAMP in September, in addition to the regional group events.

Crosby holds an M.A. in Social Justice and a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Loyola University Chicago, as well as a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Education, Psychology and Pastoral Studies from Hollins University in Virginia. She is currently pursuing a Master of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School in North Carolina.

“The art of journalism is important because it is the medium through which the public receives vital, perspective-shaping information,” Crosby said. “Understanding this is why I am honored to be tasked with helping the JAWS community consider what prioritizing inclusivity and equity could look and feel like for different populations during our time together.”

Her work with JAWS is the latest in the Board’s efforts to build a more equitable organization and industry, including instituting a Code of Conduct, conducting a climate survey and taking a stand in support of women journalists of color across the country and world.

Stay tuned for a schedule of regional events and for more information about JAWS’ work around equity and inclusion.