Personal Mission

My mission is to help people know themselves, own their power, and live full and glorious lives that produce the best of what we are as humans, dreamers, and believers.

(Janice Tisha Samuels, 2013)

Select Papers:

  • Samuels, J., Clauson, R., and Moidek Bowring, A. (2018). "Using public art and technology to move communities from emotional reaction to knowledge-informed action for gun violence prevention.” Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Conference, Prato, Italy. Retrieved from https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/1787519/cirn2018_proc_revised2.pdf

  • Samuels, J., Mathew, A., Kommanivanh, C., Kwon, D., Gomez, L., Ali Thunder, B., Velazquez, D.,  Martinez, M., LaQueens, L. (2018).Art, Human Computer Interaction, and Shared Experiences: A Gun Violence Prevention Intervention. Proceedings of the Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montreal, Canada. Retrieved from https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3186526.

  • Hamilton, E., Sarmonpal, S., Garff, T., Glazer, K., Holt, A., Kato, H., Samuels, J., Teague, H.,  and Welch, K. (2015). Collaborative Media-Making as Agent for Identity and Learning. Retrieved from https://www.isls.org/cscl2015/papers/MC-0394-Poster-Hamilton.pdf

  • Samuels, J. (2014). NextGen Academic Support: From Face-to-Face Tutoring Online to Intelligent Tutoring Systems. In J. Viteli & M. Leikomaa (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2014--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 539-545). Tampere, Finland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/147548/.

  • Samuels, J. (2008). Still Here. Revelry, The Literary Voice of the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association of FL, Inc. Volume XXI, 4.

  • Samuels, J. (2009). Jamaican Patwa No Problem: A Tourist’s Guide to Jamaican Language and Culture. Jonesboro, AR: Grant House Publishers.

  • Samuels, J. (2002). Social Protest Poetry. Journal of Communication and Minority Issues, 7(1), 24 – 27.

  • Samuels, J. (1999). Soul Fire. Winter Park, FL: Four-G.

  • Samuels, J. (1995). White Sheets. Revelry, The Literary Voice of the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association of FL, Inc., Volume VIII, 13.

Select Conference Presentations:

  • “Development of a youth‐based gun violence prevention intervention using media communication and education strategies” Media Education Conference, Salla, Finland, 2019. 

  • National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence collaborative presentation and workshop with Get Loud Now and Gather Activism. Chicago Ideas Week, Chicago, IL, 2018.

  • "Using public art and technology to move communities from emotional reaction to knowledge-informed action for gun violence prevention,” Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Conference, Prato, Italy, 2018.

  • “Art, Human Computer Interaction, and Shared Experiences: A Gun Violence Prevention Intervention,” Demonstration of National Youth Art Movement project. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, (CHI 2018), Montreal, Canada.

  • Showcased artwork and Augmented Reality experience and facilitated presentation by National Youth Art Movement to youth attendees. Noble Peace Prize Forum, Minneapolis, MN, 2017.

  • “Art and Authentic Learning Engagement: Methods for Connecting Campus and Community,” Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Bringing Theory to Practice Conference, Chicago, IL, 2017

  • “Maker Movement in Formal Education: Workshop for Research Design, Practices, and Technologies,” International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2015

  • "NextGen Academic Support: From Face-to-Face Tutoring Online to Intelligent Tutoring Systems," EdMedia World Conference, Tampere, Finland, 2014

  • “The Struggle Between Culture and Literacy for African Americans in Academia,”

  • Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference, Charlotte, NC and Undergraduate Conference for the Humanities, Shaw University, Raleigh, NC, 2003

  • “Creating Community Between the Writing Center and Faculty,”

  • International Writing Center Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2000

Community Involvement:

  • Public Narrative, Board of Directors, Chicago, IL, 2019 to Present

  • City of Chicago Every Kid Connected Initiative, Out-of-School-Time Organizational Partner Chicago, IL, 2019 to Present

  • Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, Steering Committee Member, Chicago, IL, 2017 to Present   

  • City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Year of Creative Youth Organizational Partner, 2018                       

  • Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission, City Commissioner and Co-Chair, Takoma Park, MD, 2008 to 2011

  • Black Women's Playwrights Group, Washington, DC, 2009 to 2011     

  • Playwrights Forum (Led by Ernest Joselovitz), Washington, DC 2010 to 2011 

Reviewer:

  • Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), Violence Prevention Planning Grant, 2019

  • Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Leadership Grant Review Board, 2016

Media Presence:

  • Cook County Chronicle (August 2018). Workshop for youths against gun violence introduces activism campaign. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2Ng5lTW

  • The Weekly Bloom (March 2018). A blog publication of Bloom Bars, a nonprofit arts organization in Washington, DC. Retrieved from https://madmimi.com/s/b0ddeb

  • Fox 32 News (September 2017). Speaking about the National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence Interactive BillBoard project/tour. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2JPhHQN

  • The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well Being Conference, (May 2017). Interview with Anne Baumgartner and Janice Samuels Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2WILwaA

  • Verizon Fios Push/Pause Video Feature (July 2010). Spotlights Janice Samuels’ work and process as a creative writer. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/2Xj69KT