Ja'Vida Ford '09, Admissions Counselor, visits Denison

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Ja'Vida Ford 09' visited Denison on September13, 2016 to reconnect and reflect on her experiences as a student and how they prepared her for her current career as an Admissions counselor for North Park University in Chicago. Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Ja’Vida embodies the spirit of students who attended a Chicago Public School prior to matriculating in College. Ja'Vida is now able to convey to prospective students at North Park what it is like to attend a small private college. During her visit she scheduled time to visit The Center for Black Studies and reminisce about the role her Black Studies courses played in her life after graduation.

While at Denison, Ja'Vida was an English major, but she had a passion for Black Studies and took courses such as: Ethnic Literature with Dr. Linda Krumholz, and Black Women and Organizational Leadership with Dr. Toni King. During, her visit she recalled how her Bl ack Studies classes prepared her for her first career positions in the field of social services where she quickly rose up the ranks because of the advanced ways she understood issues of race, gender, class and urban life. She brought much analytical insight from the field of Black Studies to her work with members of the community to address issues arising from employment barriers, homelessness, housing, and gentrification. In her recent career transition from social services to admissions, Ja'Vida's non-profit background informs how she currently works with prospective students on the south and west side of Chicago. From her own familiarity with where they come from, she understands their aspirations to achieve and what it means for them to attend college.

Posted Date 
Monday, October 10, 2016

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