Reverend Vivian Nixon
Reverend Vivian Nixon has led College & Community Fellowship for 16 years. CCF combines higher education, civic engagement, and economic empowerment to help women affected by the criminal legal system, their families, and communities thrive while resisting further marginalization. As an inaugural Columbia University Community Scholar, Vivian studied the intersectional impact of racial capitalism, gender, criminalization, and access to knowledge as they relate to power in America. As an inaugural Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow, she expanded multi-generational practices at CCF. Vivian has been a Soros Justice Fellow and a Pen America Justice Writing Fellow. Her writing centers narratives of endurance and resistance in the lives of previously imprisoned Black women, particularly those who take up the cause of liberation. Vivian earned a BS from the State University of New York and an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts.