The Michiana Adventist Forum presents:
"Origins: Chronicling our Journey" with:
Claudia Allen, MA
Writer and Teacher for Justice
PhD Student in English
University of Maryland
February 22, 2020
at 3:30 p.m
Chan Shun Hall
on the campus of
Berrien Springs, MI
About the Speaker:
Claudia Allen is a writer, speaker, and teacher for Justice. She is passionate about activating the activist in all of us.
She has been passionate about the work of justice and equality for years, but believes she made her first mark during her senior year at Andrews University. In fulfillment of the change project requirements for the undergraduate leadership program, Claudia created and successfully implemented an African American Studies minor housed out of the Andrews University Department of History. This project made Claudia the first student to graduate from Andrews with a minor in Leadership, and the first undergraduate student to successfully amend the curriculum at the institution.
After earning her BA in English and her minor in Leadership in 2013, Claudia went on to Georgetown University where she graduated with a Masters in English in 2015. Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Maryland in the Department of English.
As a writer, Claudia has published articles on justice in religious and non-religious magazines and journals, including The Rational Online, Spectrum, Adventist Today, and Message Magazine. She has preached at churches and schools across North America since the age of 12, and was the keynote speaker for the Andrews University Social Consciousness Summit, various forums and conferences for Adventists for Social Justice, and the Black Adventist Religious Scholars Conference. She was also keynote speaker for the inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr, celebration at Southwestern Michigan College.
Whether through guest appearances on the Hope Channel’s Cross Connection, speaking, writing, or serving in her newest role as Content Manager for Message Magazine, Claudia is dedicated to activating people to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” Her favorite scripture is Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who is working in you both to will and to do His good pleasure.”
About the Topic:
The presentation will be in coordination with Andrews University’s celebration of Black History Month which will be examining the origins of humanity, of Jesus, of slavery in general, and of the Seventh-day Adventist church from the perspective of the Black experience -- and asking what that can tell us today.