About the Episode

Join co-hosts Emily Shields and J.R. Jamison as they talk with writer and activist Ashley C. Ford about the role of listening and empathy in higher education and community engagement and about her story and work today.

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Ashley Ford is an activist, public speaker and writer, who has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLEBuzzFeedSlate, I-DLenny Letter, Matter, Design*Sponge, and various other web and print publications. She’s spoken at SXSW, Earlham College, Hippocamp Nonfiction Writing Conference, and various other events and universities. She taught writing at The New School and Catapult.co. She also works as a development executive for Matter Studios, where she focuses on web series and documentaries, and is also the host of Audible.com’s interview series, Authorized.

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Andrew Seligsohn


Emily J. Shields

Executive Director, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact

J.R. Jamison

Executive Director, Indiana Campus Compact