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Kristal T. Moore
Ph.D. in Education; Culture, Curriculum and Change
Class of 2009
Chicago, Illinois

A gift to the School of Education supports outstanding students like Kristal Moore by providing opportunities for them to travel and present papers at national conferences, offsetting the cost of their tuition, and providing important research and teaching experiences to help prepare them for their future professional positions.

Kristal is now at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she is working to inspire other students to discover their passions and pursue their dreams. She is the associate director of FSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors. 

Kristal began her academic journey at DePaul University. During her undergraduate years, she volunteered with a homeless shelter in Chicago and also with the Chicago Housing Authority in a program to decrease gangs and drugs.

She decided to become an educator following her experience as an intern with the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools, where she was inspired to teach elementary and high school-aged students about the importance of the Civil Rights movement. That experience taught her the power of education and activism as a way of making a difference in the world.

As a doctoral student at the School of Education, Kristal found her course work to be thought-provoking and engaging. “My advisor, George Noblit, was extremely supportive and challenged me to think about ways to combine my work in the academy and my community activism,” she says. “My academic work called me to the Deep South to gather the stories of Black women who taught in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools.”

Kristal appreciated the interdisciplinary nature of her doctoral program. “I was able to pursue a Certificate in Women's Studies from Duke University while earning my doctorate at the UNC School of Education,” she says.

Her experience at the School of Education was enhanced by the many outstanding, dedicated students who were her peers. “Carolina attracts people from all over the world. At the School of Education, I had the honor and privilege of working with some amazing fellow graduate students. We offered each other mutual support through group efforts such as statistics study groups and dissertation writing groups,” she recalls.

“We also combined our resources to start a new initiative the Durham Freedom School at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. Through this initiative, we conducted a five-week summer program for area children and youth that ran for two consecutive summers. The Durham Freedom School had an impact on other students at the School of Education too, including Elementary Education majors and students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, who were involved with this program.”

Kristal says that her students, particularly those in the Freedom Schools in Chicago and Durham, inspire her to continue working hard. She sums it up this way, “To put it simply, I am because they are.”

Please consider making a gift to the School of Education Foundation so that we can provide the best opportunities and education for students like Kristal.

Every gift in any amount is helpful and appreciated. To give a gift online, visit Make a Gift. You may also send a check to the School of Education Foundation, Attn: Annual Fund, Peabody Hall, CB 3500, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500.

For more information, contact Laurie Norman at laurie_norman@unc.edu or (919) 843-6979.