Interview: Diallo, Dazon Dixon, 2013


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Interview: Diallo, Dazon Dixon, 2013
Diallo, Dazon Dixon
Birth Year
Birth Place
Fort Valley, Georgia
Hehir, Justice
Kusnekov, Saskia
Omambia, Anita
Location Created
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Created
7 November 2013
Dázon Dixon Diallo is a recognized visionary and advocate in the struggle for human rights, sexual and reproductive justice, especially in the fight against HIV, gender-based violence, and womxn's economic justice. Dázon is the Founder and President of SisterLove, and she is a Co-Founder and Principal in the Public Affairs & Communications firm, 14th Strategies. She is a proud member of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda Partnership, where she advocates for sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in public health and prevention policies and programs. She is a member of several bodies of influence including the Women-At-Risk Subcommittee and the Scientific Advisory Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network, UNFPA Global Advisory Council, and a founding member of SisterSong Reproductive Justice Collective. Diallo serves on the IAPAC-Lancet HIV Commission on the Future of Urban HIV Response. She is the creator and convener of the Prevention Options for Womxn Advocacy & Research (POWAR) Partnership and WomxnNOW! Institute for SRHRJ for Girls & Womxn of African Descent worldwide. Dr.Diallo holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (C’97) and both a bachelor’s degree and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Spelman College (C’86, C'2012). At Rutgers University Dr. Diallo served as the Blanche, Edith, and Irving Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies at Douglass Residential College.

In this interview, Dr. Diallo speaks about her childhood in Georgia including the role models that helped shape her life. She also speaks about her college and career experiences, starting her nonprofit SisterLove, and the lack of diverse narratives that need to be discussed in the conversations surrounding HIV/AIDS.
Source Project Description
This interview was conducted by IWL Leadership Scholars as part of an ongoing intergenerational interview program at the Institute for Women's Leadership. Since the inception of the Leadership Scholars Certificate Program in the fall of 1999, students have conducted annual interviews with outstanding women leaders. Select transcripts from the collection are accessible on the IWL website.
Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL), Rutgers University–New Brunswick
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Place Mentioned
Fort Valley, Georgia

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