Vivian D Nixon

Project: Improve writing and communications skills with a view to placing compelling issue-based articles in popular publications, and engaging a general readership in discussions of public policy. 

Vivian Nixon is the executive director of College and Community Fellowship (CCF), an organization committed to removing individual and structural barriers to higher education for women with criminal record histories, and for their families.  Nixon joined CCF in 2001 after working as a peer educator during her own incarceration at Albion State Correctional Facility. As a College and Community Fellow, Nixon earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services Management from the State University of New York. Nixon has also held fellowships at the Aspen Institute, the Open Society Foundation and the Petra Foundation. She has received several awards from institutions such as John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Hudson Link for Higher Education, Citizens Against Recidivism and others. She is also an ordained local deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and currently serves as an associate minister at Mt. Zion AMEC in Harlem.

Columbia Community Scholars Lecture: Voices From Inside America's Mass System of Punishment (March 7, 2017).