Running the Races – Part 1

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What is it like being a Christian, black, woman in the United States? It is a complex perspective. In this series, Dr. Heather E. Burton will share her experience balancing her role as an advocate for black people and women while growing her faith in Christ.

Heather E. Burton, Ph.D., a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and African-American Studies with a minor in Theater, a Masters of Social Work, University of Akron, a Masters of Public Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies and Public Affairs both from Cleveland State University.  

Dr. Burton is Senior Director for Faculty and Institutional Diversity with Case Western Reserve University, specializing in gender and racial equity and serves as a facilitator to implement diversity and inclusion and encourage individual and systemic change. 

She is faculty in African and African American Studies and Social work. Dr. Burton has received numerous awards for her work:  Feminist Mentor Award, Staff Diversity Award, Qgrad Outstanding Faculty and Staff Mentor Award, Mather Spotlight & Women of Achievement Award, YWCA Women of Achievement, RH Boyd Award for Excellence and Who’s Who of Black Cleveland. 

She Co-Chaired, Ellipsis Institute for Women of Color in the Academy, CWRU (2018, 2019, 2020).  She is founder and CEO of Crimson Heights, Ministries, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) geared towards the holistic development of women.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter.  She is the author of Crimson Heights and I’m Single, So What?