FROM SPELMAN COLLEGE TO CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY

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Growing up in Atlanta better known as the black mecca of the South, it was a common dream for African American girls to attend the prestigious Spelman College and for this particular young lady her dreams weren’t any different.

Crystal Grimes Gibson’s plan took a shift, “After I attended ‘A Day in Your Life: Open House’ at Dean of Arts and Sciences at Clark Atlanta University at the time,” Gibson said.

She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from Clark Atlanta University in 2001 and a master’s Degree in Adult Learning and Education from Central Michigan University.

 “In addition to the refreshing atmosphere and cultural connection, it was the voice and passion of Dr. Earvin and Ms. Tanya Mitchell Cobb, CAU ’96 that ultimately impacted my decision to attend Clark Atlanta instead of Spelman College. Within that tour, Clark Atlanta quickly become home for me.”

Gibson was very involved on campus serving as an executive board member for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Orientation Guide Leader, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and served as Miss Clark Atlanta University for the 2000-2001 school year.

“Running for Miss Clark Atlanta University was humbling and rewarding. The experience helped me to grow as a young lady and because of that I wanted to help other students grow as well,” Gibson said. 

She pursued a career as an Educational Trainer and Mentor Coach

Specialist, spending over 17 years targeting reflective supervision and facilitation in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Gibson expanded her professional development in 2014 by participating in the Coach Training Intensive Certification through the CaPP Institute with a focus in Coaching and Positive Psychology.

“Attending an HBCU was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. Being able to make that one on one connection with your professors                                            and to genuinely have professors who invested in my college career benefited me in ways I could not describe,” she said.

Alumna Gibson resides in Stockbridge, GA with her husband Pastor Gerald Gibson and their dog Jax. During her free time, she enjoys quality time with God, family, and friends.

Growing up in Atlanta better known as the black mecca of the South, it was a common dream for African American girls to attend the prestigious Spelman College and for this particular young lady her dreams weren’t any different.

Crystal Grimes Gibson’s plan took a shift, “After I attended ‘A Day in Your Life: Open House’ at Dean of Arts and Sciences at Clark Atlanta University at the time,” Gibson said.

She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from Clark Atlanta University in 2001 and a master’s Degree in Adult Learning and Education from Central Michigan University.

 “In addition to the refreshing atmosphere and cultural connection, it was the voice and passion of Dr. Earvin and Ms. Tanya Mitchell Cobb, CAU ’96 that ultimately impacted my decision to attend Clark Atlanta instead of Spelman College. Within that tour, Clark Atlanta quickly become home for me.”

Gibson was very involved on campus serving as an executive board member for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Orientation Guide Leader, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and served as Miss Clark Atlanta University for the 2000-2001 school year.

“Running for Miss Clark Atlanta University was humbling and rewarding. The experience helped me to grow as a young lady and because of that I wanted to help other students grow as well,” Gibson said. 

She pursued a career as an Educational Trainer and Mentor Coach

Specialist, spending over 17 years targeting reflective supervision and facilitation in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Gibson expanded her professional development in 2014 by participating in the Coach Training Intensive Certification through the CaPP Institute with a focus in Coaching and Positive Psychology.

“Attending an HBCU was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. Being able to make that one on one connection with your professors                                            and to genuinely have professors who invested in my college career benefited me in ways I could not describe,” she said.

Alumna Gibson resides in Stockbridge, GA with her husband Pastor Gerald Gibson and their dog Jax. During her free time, she enjoys quality time with God, family, and friends.

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