Iris M.  Crawford

Iris M. Crawford

San Francisco

Iris M. Crawford's CV

San Francisco

Scholarship

March, 2013
Full Tuition Scholarship Winner to Syracuse University through a partnership with Urban Word NYC and the New York Knicks.
January, 2018
US Fulbright Student Program English Teaching Assistantship (Semi-Finalist)/Fulbright Scholar Program

Education

Syracuse UNiversity
African American Studies and Political Philosophy
Learned about the interplay between political, economic and cultural experiences central to our world.

Published Articles, Clips and Other Media

July, 2020
History shows that it’s during some of the most trying times that the greatest art is created. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bay Area’s artistry is still thriving, and many creatives are using this time to their advantage.
July, 2020
The achievement gap for historically disadvantaged student groups, on top of a pandemic, puts Black youth especially at risk this summer. As remote learning continues, STEM-related nonprofits The Hidden Genius Project and INTech Camp for Girls are making sure that their scholars
June, 2020
The barriers that facilitate gender-based inequities must be confronted and transformed.
June, 2020
On Juneteenth, my day started with the West Coast Port Shutdown, organized by port worker unions from San Diego to Seattle in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
June, 2020
What are the stories of some of the individuals out on the streets? Oakland Voices correspondent Iris Crawford and contributor Sarah Belle Lin talked to four individuals seen and heard at the Oakland demonstrations to learn more about their stories.
June, 2020
Davis joins Boots Riley and others to celebrate the 155th anniversary of freedom from slavery and to rally against police violence.
June, 2020
Listicle that outlines the various Juneteenth celebrations happening around the Bay
June, 2020
Despite its warm weather and one of a kind sunsets, Guyana is already facing the effects of climate change, particularly sea-level rise.
June, 2020
A brief history of the environmental and climate justice movement's beginning.
June, 2020
Going strong for about five years, Love and Justice in the Streets is an all volunteer run organization that was created as a means to amplify voices and immediately support unsheltered people living in Oakland’s streets.
June, 2020
Since the onset of COVID-19, The Village has been pushing for the most vulnerable of the unhoused to get emergency shelter now as part of the NoVacancy CA Coalition. The Village Oakland is made up of housed and unhoused folks taking the housing crisis into their own hands.
May, 2020
This piece explores how these three social inequities: climate change, race and homelessness disproportionately affect the African American community
May, 2020
To really understand the extent of the coronavirus, we must explore how infectious disease outbreaks, trade consumption and degraded ecosystems resulting in biodiversity loss are interlinked.
May, 2020
Through creative solutions, EOC has more than doubled the number of meals it was distributing to East Oakland residents, now serving over 1,000 hot meals each week.
May, 2020
As the spread of the novel coronavirus escalates across the nation, California is bracing for its peak, where a history of air pollution in its urban centers could exacerbate the effects on poor and minority residents, particularly Black, Latino, immigrants and unhoused people.
April, 2020
Wright & Brown Distilling Co. is one of the few distilleries in the Bay Area who have pivoted to making hand sanitizer for first responders. Hand sanitizer is in high demand but limited in supply since coronavirus hit the U.S.
March, 2020
many are faced with compromising situations such as how to deal with the sudden loss of employment and how to properly prepare and stay healthy. As some folks figure out how to move forward, there are some options that offer to help in this crisis.

Education

urbanWord NyC
Poetry, Creative Writing , College Prep
Verbal Blend Poetry Program
Poetry, Creative Writing, Spoken Word/ Slam Poetry
Nu Rho Poetic Society
Nu Rho is a co ed organization dedicated to serving poets in their pursuit of excellent craftsmanship
Spoken Word, Slam Poetry, Performance Art, Poetry, Creating Writing

My Poetry Collection

Opening Piece for the 2020 Afro Solo Festival
Poetry Recording at Midpen Media Center by Artist Expression "Poetry in Motion"
(Audio can be downloaded)
Originally performed at the UnderGround Concert Series Performance in Bushwick, NYC
(Audio can be downloaded)
A tribute to the legendary Ms. Maya Angelou