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DR. JIMMEKA ANDERSON'S BIO
Dr. Jimmeka Anderson received her Ph.D. from the Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Education program, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interest includes critical digital media literacies among Black girls and she has immersed her professional development efforts in focusing on technology inequity among historically marginalized students. She received her master’s degree in Educational Media with a focus on New Media Literacies at Appalachian State University. While serving as the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the MEdia, Inc. for over ten years, she developed curriculum and award-winning community programs that empower youth through media literacy and media creation. Jimmeka is the creator of the Black Girls Film Camp and also serves as a Project Manager for the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Project Fellow for the Cyber Citizenship Initiative with New America, and as an Advisor for the American Library Association (ALA) Media Literacy in Libraries for Adult Audiences initiative.
Additionally, Jimmeka is a consultant for media literacy education with national organizations such as the Women’s Sports Foundation and 9 Story Media Group. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D. degree, Jimmeka worked for the public library for ten years at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and as a media literacy Course Instructor with the Carolina School of Broadcasting. Jimmeka has been featured in WIRED Magazine, New York Times, NPR 1A, Good Morning America, and in the Trust Me Documentary. Her recent honors include the 2018 Crowning Achiever Award from The Crown Jewels (NC) Links, Inc. and the 2019 Harlan Joel Gradin Excellence in Public Humanities Award from the NC Humanities Council.
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