Essence magazine published an article profiling Vivian Nixon, the Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship (CCF), a nonprofit that provides help and resources to women with criminal justice histories earning college degrees.
The piece weaves together Nixon’s personal story with the story of the CCF program and the impact it has on the lives of women involved with the criminal justice system. A graduate of the CCF program herself, Nixon has a unique understanding of the integral role the program plays in both helping women achieve an education and promoting women’s successful reentry into society.
“Education helps women to thrive…including those who’ve made mistakes in their life, not just those who we consider deserving, or those who can buy their way into education,” stressed Nixon, who noted that women are the “backbone of societies.”
In 2018, the Art for Justice Fund awarded a grant to CCF to support its work and Nixon’s leadership.