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Associate Lecturer
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School of Journalism and Mass Communication
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Masters of Liberal Studies, August 2005, Kent State University, Kent Ohio

Concentration: Pan-African Studies & Scriptwriting

Bachelor of Arts, May 2000, Kent State University, Kent Ohio

Major: Electronic Media Production

Minor: Pan-African Studies

Traci is a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She started her career in high school when she was selected to co-anchor the teen news program “2010 Taking you to the Future,” on the Fox network. Following graduation, Traci continued to work on “2010” as an assistant writer and producer. While as an undergraduate at Kent State University Traci worked in the casting department on the HBO films “Renegade Force” and “Proximity.” Upon graduation, Traci moved to Los Angeles and began to work on feature films with renowned Casting Director and Producer Rueben Cannon. In 2005 she returned to KSU and earned her Masters. Presently, Traci is an instructor at Kent State within Journalism & Mass Communications as well as the Pan-African Studies Department. She is also Director of the Center of Pan-African Culture at KSU, while working on her Ph.D. Recent projects are: Associate Producer for the television drama “Such is Life” which aired on the WUAB channel 43 in Cleveland, Executive Producer for the music video “Thunder” by the world renowned music artists “Nuttin but Strings,” 11 short films which six of them she co-wrote. In 2007, Traci developed a television program geared towards college students called “College Summit.” This program airs locally and has been accepted by the Open Student College Network to be distributed to over 200 national and international universities. Mrs. Williams has also developed curriculum at Kent State University to help train students preparing for film and television careers in front of and behind the camera. Some of Traci’s other credits include: Welcome to Collinwood, Antwone Fisher, Against the Ropes, Proximity, Woman Thou Aren’t Loosed, How to be a Latino Pop Star, Half and Half, The Parkers, The S.S.Cod (documentary), Godsmack (music video), and Legacy (stage play). Traci is also a co-founder of Black Oak Box Films, LLC.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

  • Nommo, Newsletter of the Association of Black Cultural Centers, Volume 17-Issue 1 (2009) Article: Revitalizing the Center of Pan-African Culture (CPAC) at Kent State University.
  • "Being a Black Women in the Media" Association of Black Cultural Centers, November 6-9th 2008 Rutgers University Piscataway, NJ
  • "Revitalizing Black Cultural Centers" Association of Black Cultural Centers, November 6-9th 2008 Rutgers University Piscataway, NJ
  • The Call and Post, Thursday February 27, 2003 Article: Mayor Marcia L. Fudge keynotes Mt. Zion Black History Celebration.
  • "Black Women in the Film Industry” National African American student Leadership Conference January 16-18th 2009 Holly Springs, Mississippi
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Educational Background: 
B.A. in Electronic Media Production, Kent State University, 2000M.L.S., Concentration in Pan-African Studies and Scriptwriting, Kent State University, 2005
Professional Affiliations: 
Member, Ohio Film Advisory Group, Currently ActiveFaculty Advisor, College Summit, Currently ActiveMember, Center of Pan-African Culture Advisory Committee, Currently ActiveJudge, Trumbull County African-American Achievers Association, June 2009Guest Speaker, Mt. Zion Congregational Church UCC, Spring 2009Guest Speaker, Kent State University Twinsburg Campus, Spring 2009Member, Cambridge Who’s Who, Inducted in 2007, Currently ActiveGuest Speaker, Berea High School, April 2006Keynote Speaker, Black Graduation (Karamu Ya Wahitimu) May 2005Panelist, Cleveland Entertainment Conference, Cleveland Ohio, May 2005Member, Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, Inducted April 13,2005Guest Writer, The Call And Post, Cleveland Ohio, Article date: 02-27-03Guest Speaker, Roxboro Elementary School, Cleveland Ohio, May 2000Student Representative, Dept. Pan-African Studies to the College of Arts and Sciences, 1999-2000President, Black United Students, Kent State University, 1998 – 1999Member, Diversity Committee, Kent State University 1997 – 2000Member, Kent State University Trustee Search Committee, 1998 – 1999Member, KSU Associate Director of Office of Campus Life Search Committee, 1998 - 1999Vice-President, Black United Students, Kent State University 1997 – 1998Guest Speaker, Case Western Reserve University, Western Reserve Studies Symposium 1998Black History Month Speaker, Mt. Zion United Church of Christ 1998Participant, Cultural Diversity Conference, Atlanta Georgia 1998Organizer, Kent State University, students to attend Million Woman March 1997Participant, The Annual Young African-American Professional Leadership Conference, Michigan State University 1997Commencement Speaker, Cleveland Heights High School 1992