Diamond James '16

Urban Investigations Teaching Artist, Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

Diamond started her design career as a visual journalist at The Washington Post. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., she sharpened her storytelling skills starting as a summer intern in 2008. Designing and editing news, narrative and alternative story forms over several sections for the past seven years has shaped they way she understands people, existing societal structures and has heightened her interest to impact change in underserved and marginalized communities. Since 2010, Diamond volunteers as a lead mentor for teenage girls at her church in Maryland. Through the MASD program, she strives to be a philanthropic entrepreneur with a focus on advocacy and rehabilitative resources for youth affected by parental substance abuse.

Thesis: How might we make public housing "home"?