Crystol DeJohnette has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently a candidate for a Master of Social Work at the University of Vermont.
At the University of Vermont she is completing coursework and field practice in transformative practice with individuals, families, organizations, and communities. She is very passionate about the principles of transformative practice which focus on empowerment and foster self-determination. At the university she is also the student representative of the Master of Social work program and advocates for student needs and learning outcomes.
Though interested in a range of issues affecting the human experience, Crystol specializes in culturally-relevant practice and issues of educational equity. She believes in the power of culturally-relevant educational practices and their positive impact on individual and community outcomes. In previous years, she's worked in the fields of international education, K-12 education and post-secondary counseling, community engagement, and mental health.
In the near future, Crystol plans to pursue a Ph.D. in social work to further engage in social welfare scholarship, practice, and policy. She envisions herself using her background and experiences to become a scholar, educator, mental health practitioner, and nonprofit professional who can perform culturally-responsive work and advocacy on local, national, and global levels.