Dr. Jodi Merriday is a charismatic and innovative Vocal Artist, Diversity Speaker and Facilitator. She identifies her artistic canvas as jazz, cultural canvas as diplomacy and aspires to create bodies of work and dialogue that provoke consciousness, critical thought and social cohesion. Over 40 Colleges and Organizations have utilized her customized Programming for Leadership Development, Orientation, Black and Women’s History Month Commemorations and Professional Development. Her most notable skills include the capacity to encapsulate performance art as an educational tool, bridge understanding, unpack difference, increase cultural competency and facilitate dialogue about racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and ableism. Kelly Vance described her contributions to twice Grammy nominated Russell Gunn's Ethnomusicology 3 {performing “Strange Fruit” and her original, “Stranger Fruit”} as a “stark, bitter condemnation of lynching with superb contemporary spoken word”.

Dr. Merriday has over 20 years of experience working in higher education. Before undertaking Performing and Guest Lecturing full time, she was an Assistant Professor of History at Gordon State College followed by a 2 year appointment as the Ombudsman for Atlanta Public Schools. During her 7 year tenure as a Lecturer at Spelman College in the Departments of Music, Sociology and African Diaspora, she taught Africans in the Diaspora and World, American Popular Music, African-American Film, Intro to Sociology, Social Problems, Hip Hop HERStory and Dialogue across Difference. She was also an Adjunct Lecturer at Georgia State University (African Diaspora), Clark Atlanta University (USA Africa World, African/ African-American Music), The Art Institute of Philadelphia (Intro to Sociology), and Community College of Philadelphia (Intro to Sociology and Culture and Thinking).

Dr. Merriday received her M.A. from Temple University in Sociology, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Development Management and Ph.D. from Temple University in African-American Studies. Further, she is credentialed as a Registered Neutral in the State of Georgia {Mediator and Arbitrator}, Certified Anger Management Fellow {National Anger Management Association}, Certified Risk Reduction Trainer {Prime for Life}, and Certified Trainer of Managing and Mediating Workplace Conflict {Eckerd College}.

Her 2018 album, “Unlettered” integrates the, “crunk” aesthetic into the textile of jazz and has pivoted her to the forefront of discourse on jazz and African-American music. Recent notable performances include: The Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 40 Days of Jazz, Northlake College’s commemoration of African-American and Women’s History Month, Southern Illinois University's “Black Women in American History and Culture;” and The National Black Arts Festival's “Interpretations: Black Visual Art Past, Present and Future. She has received numerous awards and distinctions for her work and promises to make artistic and academic contributions for years to come.

PRESENTATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Fox Valley State College – Appleton, WI. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (October, 2018).

Leadership DeKalb – DeKalb, GA. Panel Moderator, “What is Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st Century” (March, 2018)

El Paso Community College – El Paso, TX. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Lemoyne College – Syracuse, NY. Speaker, “The Pink Tax: Esteeming Women, Promoting Equity and Protecting Title IX?" (March, 2018).

Cayuga College (Fulton) – Fulton, NY. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Cayuga College (Auburn) – Auburn, NY. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

St. Bonaventure University – Allegany, NY. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Morrisville College – Morrisville, NY. Speaker, “Can the N and B word be Empowering? WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Lemoyne College – Syracuse, NY. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Sauk Valley Community College – Dixon, IL. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2018).

Waubonsee College – Sugar Grove, IL. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): Do All Lives Matter?” (February, 2018).

The Atlanta Jazz Festival – 40 Days of Jazz – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “HERStory: A Tribute to Women in Jazz” (May, 2017).

Collins College – Frisco, TX. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?) Can use of the N- word and B- word be empowering?” (March, 2017).

Georgia Highlands College (Floyd, Cartersville, Marietta, Douglasville, Paulding Campuses) – Georgia. Speaker, “An Exploration of Race and Gender (ISM’S)” (February, 2017).

St. Andrews University – Laurinburg, N.C. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?) An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2017).

Amarillo College – Amarillo, TX. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?) An Exploration of ISM’s” (November, 2016).

Northlake College – Dallas, TX. Performer, “HERStory: A Performance Lecture Commemorating African-American and Women’s History Month” (March, 2016).

Francis Marion College – Florence, S.C. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?) An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2016).

Monroe College – Bronx, NY. Speaker, “WiFM (What’s in it for me?): An Exploration of ISM’s” (February, 2016).

University of Findlay – Findlay, OH. Performer, “HERStory: A Tribute to Women in Jazz” (November, 2015).

Cayuga Community College – Auburn, NY. Speaker, “Building Bridges: Framing Campus Programming to address Diversity, Inclusion and Difficult Conversations” (September, 2015).

SUNY Jefferson Community College - Watertown, NY. Speaker, “Building Bridges: Framing Campus Programming to address Diversity, Inclusion and Difficult Conversations” (September, 2015).

The Atlanta Jazz Festival – Atlanta, GA. Featured Performer, Russell Gunn’s “Tribute to Nina Simone” (May, 2015).

Wake Tech Community College - Raleigh, N.C. Performer, “HERStory: A Tribute to Women in Jazz” (February, 2015).

Houston Community College – Houston, TX. Performer, “HERStory: A Tribute to Women in Jazz” (April, 2015).

DelMar College – Corpus Christi, TX. Performer, “HERStory: A Tribute to Women in Jazz” April, 2015).

Churchill Grounds – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “For Blue: A Tribute to Billie Holiday” (March, 2013).

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, IL. Black Women in American History and Culture – Black History Month. Performance/Lecture, “Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln” (February, 2012).

Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) and the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Faculty Development Network (HBCUFDN) Conference Atlanta, GA. Performance, “An evening with Jodi Lynn Merriday” (October, 2011).

National Black Arts Festival – Atlanta, GA. Presenter/Performer, “Interpretations: Black Visual Art Past, Present and Future” Atlanta Symphony Hall (July, 2011).

Atlanta Jazz Festival – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “Jazzology” (July, 2011).

National Black Arts Festival – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “Interpreting Jazz, Crunk” (July, 2010).

Churchill Grounds – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “A Living Legends Tribute to Abbey Lincoln” (April, 2010).

Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement – Atlanta, GA. Women of Excellence Series. Presenter, “Authentic Leadership” (January, 2010).

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Pi Omega Chapter – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “Music through the Years: Tribute to Nina Simone” (October, 2005).

ProQuest 2006, Dissertation, “Hip Hop HERStory: Women in Hip Hop Cultural Production and Music from Margins to Equity” (August, 2005).

Churchill Grounds – Atlanta, GA. Performer, “Viva la Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone” (October, 2004).

Saturn Motor Cars Woman-to-Woman Series with Nikki Giovanni and Sonja Sanchez – Atlanta, GA. Presenter, “Reflecting on Your Relationships through Prose and Poetry” (December, 2002).

National Black Arts Festival Sacred Circle Spoken Word – Atlanta, GA. Presenter, “Let the Church Say Amen” (July, 2002).

Agnes Scott College – Atlanta, GA. Presenter, “Black Student Awards Ceremony” (April, 2002).

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

12/04/2017 “Crisis Communication: Understanding the Skills of Hostage Negotiators” (1 CE credit) – Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute

12/04/2017 “Georgia Child Support Worksheets Tutorials: Five Parts” (.5 CE credit) – Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute

12/05/2017 “Out of Ashes: 9/11 – A Cinematic Study in Mediation” (1.5 CE credit) – Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute

05/01/2016 “High Conflict People in Mediation” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

05/01/2016 “Celebrating 25 Years of ADR: A Glance Back, A Look Forward” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

05/01/2016 “Taking the War out of Our Words” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

10/06/2016 “Mindfulness, Mediation and Dialogue” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

10/05/2016 “Opening Doors: Insights into Autism” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

10/06/2016 “Can We Talk? And Other Questions about Cross-Cultural Communications” (1 CE credit) – GA Office of Dispute Resolution

ACADEMIC AWARDS

Hampton University Cum Laude graduate, Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, Temple University Future Faculty Fellow Recipient, Hampton University C. W. Mills Sociological Imagination Award, University of Pennsylvania Samuel Fels Foundation Award Recipient.

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Spring, 1992), The Magnolia Chapter of The Links, Inc., Recording Secretary 05-06, Atlanta Chapter of Jack n’ Jill, Inc. (alumnus), Jerusalem House, Board Member, 06-08

CERTIFICATIONS AND REGISTRATIONS

State of Georgia Registered Neutral, Advanced Mediator Certificate (Atlanta Justice Center), Arbitrator (Henning Mediation and Arbitration), Certificate of Completion, Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Theory and Practice (International Ombudsman Association), Certified Anger Management Specialist (Fellow) (NAMA), Certified Trainer, Managing Workplace Conflict (Eckerd College), Certified Workplace Mediator (Eckerd College), Certified Trainer, Risk Reduction (Prime for Life).


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