Two members of the ECU College of Education faculty were named the annual honorees for the Profiles in Diversity award at the college’s convocation Friday, Aug. 18. Dr. Loni Crumb and Dr. Anne Ticknor were named the 2017-2018 honorees for Profiles in Diversity.
Started in 2015, the Profiles in Diversity award recognizes faculty or staff from across the ECU College of Education for their commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice in their life and work. Special attention is given to faculty and staff whose identities and work may have been historically marginalized in society and mainstream educational research and practice.
Dr. Loni Crumb is an assistant professor in the counselor education program in the department of interdisciplinary professions at ECU and a licensed professional counselor. Crumb received her Ph.D. in counseling and student personnel services from the University of Georgia, M.A. in education and community counseling from Clark Atlanta University, and B.A. in psychology from North Carolina State University.
She has authored scholarly publications and professional presentations related to counseling and wellness, student affairs in higher education, and holistic college student development. Her research interests include counseling in rural areas, promoting retention and persistence of underserved students in higher education, college student mental health, social justice and multicultural training, and professional standards of practice in college counseling.
“I strive to be a voice and a source of strength and empowerment for those who are not in positions to do so at the moment,” Crumb said.
A significant aspect of Crumb’s advocacy efforts relates to growing up in rural, eastern North Carolina.
“Growing up in this area exposed me to the needs of underserved populations, such as improving the quality of mental health care and education in rural areas, as well as recognizing the fiscal needs of rural residents,” she said. “I see education as a viable avenue to improve the quality of life and wellbeing for rural area students and am committed to producing research and programming to will support the success and retention of underserved students.”
Dr. Anne Ticknor is an associate professor in reading education in the literacy studies, English education, and history education department. Ticknor obtained her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Iowa and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“As a teacher, my advocacy for social justice is demonstrated in the materials I select and the activities I create for my students,” Ticknor said. “An example of material selection is the children’s literature I use in my literacy courses. Whether I am reading aloud a text or engaging students in activities using literature, I purposefully select literature with diverse characters and cultures.”
Ticknor is also a proud of and committed to her work with the LGBT Resource Office at ECU. Ticknor serves on the LGBT Advancement Council and hosts an annual fundraiser, LOVE WINS, with Steve Schmidt, a professor in the ECU College of Education’s interdisciplinary professions department. The LGBT Resource Office provides programming, scholarships, essay contests, alternative spring break experiences, and community for LGBTQA students at ECU. To support these efforts, Ticknor and Schmidt host a LOVE WINS dinner each fall. For the last three years, LOVE WINS has been the highest-earning event for the LGBT Resource Office.