Dr. Tamika Sanders

Dr. Tamika Sanders is an entrepreneur who decided to become an educator to address the lack of minority faculty in higher education and serve as a role model for minority students who rarely see people of color in academia. She has over 10 years of experience working with schools and businesses in the areas of teaching, training, curriculum design, public programming, strategic planning, and professional development. Dr. Sanders has a PhD in Higher Education, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. The focus of her research is based on developing curriculum that incorporates learning styles, diversity, and humanistic principles that will incite a hunger for learning and produce lifelong learners. Her passion is arts education and creating strategic partnerships between students, learning institutions, and the communities in which they reside in. To further her goal of integrating arts education into schools and communities, Dr. Sanders started her company Savvy Pen in 2009. The primary goal of Savvy Pen is to create interactive programs that incorporate arts learning and training to bridge cultural and socioeconomic divides between educators and students. Dr. Sander’s work in the community earned her an invitation to speak at the TEDx Phoenix Salon about community sustainability in 2012, a Community Luminary Award in 2014, and a recent nomination for the 2015 Humanities Rising Star Award for individuals using creative approaches to engage the public in humanities topics. Her goal is to continue using the arts to break barriers, empower youth, and create social change.

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