Crystal Dixon

Wake Forest State University


Crystal Dixon is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the department of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University. In this role she serves on the Office of Civic & Community Engagement Advisory Board and the President’s Commission on Race, Equity, and Community.

She served as a Visiting Research Scholar for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wake Forest University. Dixon is actively working to implement institutional change across university systems to address structural racism in higher education. 

Dixon has been invited by Melissa Harris-Perry to join the team at The Anna Julia Cooper Center where she assists with production of livestreams in collaboration with The Nation, Community Change, among other national and international partners.  Dixon is committed to addressing the intersection of environmental racism, climate change, sustainability, and public health.  She is currently co-teaching with Harris-Perry a course entitled, POL210: Race, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice.

Recently, Dixon was invited to support the founders of West End Revitalization Association (WERA) in providing recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration CEQ/EPA First 100-Days Initiatives. In this space she is working with Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s team to address medical waste and COVID-19.

Dixon has contributed to research funded by the National Institutes of Health, co-authored journal articles, a book chapter, and has presented her research at local, state, and national organizations, such as the American Public Health Association (APHA).