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Dr. Crystallee Crain has been an educator, small business owner, and advocate for human rights. Ms. Crain has over a decade of experience in leadership development, teaching, and capacity building for organizations that work to prevent violence. Crystallee owns and operates Peaceful Profits, a conscious book and merchandise company. She founded Prevention at the Intersections, where she trained violence prevention strategists across the country. In 2011 she was featured in TIME magazine in the PROTESTOR Person of the Year issue. Recently, Dr. Crain has developed a project called the Truth Telling Series where she aims to broaden the violence prevention agenda to include accountability for acts of state violence. Ms. Crain has organized using methods and inspiration from popular culture, community based research, and community healing strategies. She understands the connection between self, society and the impassioned spirit that fuels our connection to others and our desire to make change. She earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. She holds a Master of Arts in Social Sciences (concentration in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University), and a Bachelors in Political Science from Northern Michigan University. In 2013 she received advanced training in Health and Human Rights in the School of Public Health at Harvard University. In 2011, Dr. Crain received the Norman Lear Alumni Award from Young People For. In the spring of 2014 she self-published the 1st edition of her first book – A People’s Primer: Exploration of Government & Social Change.

BLUEPRINT: Organizing to Save Affirmative Action in Michigan. In the November 2006 elections, a statewide ballot initiative called the “Michigan Civil Rights Initiative” aimed to ban affirmative action policies and outreach programs at all publicly funded state institutions including higher education institutions. The ballot initiative was sponsored by Ward Connerly.