SLIS Graduate Dedicated to Invoking Change in Community

Posted May 05, 2021, 5:14PM

Tiffany Crawford’s academic career has been full of ups and downs and twists and turns, yet one thing has remained constant – her will to never give up.

Crawford began her higher education experience at Fayetteville State University, but quickly returned home to Wilmington, N.C., to give birth to a beautiful daughter. Determined to finish what she started, however, she enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. But again, life changes caused her to pause and, ultimately, defer her degree in history – with a sociology minor – for 13 years.

Still, Crawford’s drive for academic success continued, and she decided to attend law school. After several unsuccessful admission attempts, she nearly put her aspirations aside. That’s when North Carolina Central University’s School of Library and Information Sciences Dean Jon Gant reached out to her about the Master of Information Science/Juris Doctor (M.I.S./J.D.) program, offered in partnership with the NCCU School of Law.

In Fall 2019, Crawford began the M.I.S. online program with some hesitation, thinking it might be out of reach for her. But as time progressed, and with supportive faculty, she saw how information sciences could be applied in the field of law.

On Thursday, May 7, Crawford will be step closer to achieving her law school dream, having proudly completed her M.I.S. degree. She plans to attend the NCCU School of Law with the ultimate goal of entering politics, where she can pass laws that positively impact the lives of everyday people.

“Many laws currently in place are made by those who have never experienced the subject matter that they are arguing to change,” Crawford said. “My real-world experience will be beneficial in creating laws that truly assist members of my community.”

Her words of wisdom for future Eagles?

“Don’t give up. Your journey may seem dark, but dawn is just around the corner.”

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