Dr. Alisha Winn Biography & Presentation

Alisha R. Winn, Ph.D. is an applied cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on historic preservation in communities, heritage education for youth, historic African American insurance companies, educational disparities, race, identity, and class. She received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Applied Anthropology. Through her company Consider the Culture, Dr. Winn has consulted and led several community-engaged projects; Habitat for Humanity's Historical Plaque Project, Historic Northwest Pioneer Banners, and currently in preservation and community building efforts for the City of West Palm Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in the Historic Northwest District. 

Dr. Winn is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University's School of Ministry, infusing community-engaged research and applied anthropology. She also consults with the Storm of '28 Memorial Park Coalition, Inc., bringing educational awareness about the mass gravesite of the 674 Black victims of the 1928 hurricane, and served as project director of heritage educational projects such as The Remembering St. Petersburg Oral History Project, Inner-City Youth Summer Preservation Project, and the Riviera Beach Prep Oral History Project.


Memorializing and Identifying Sacred Grounds with Student Experiences
Throughout history, across this country, the state, and this city, historic African American cemeteries and burial sites have been neglected, built over, unrecognized and devalued. This session will explore these sites and cemeteries, how communities memorialize them, and student instruction. The session will focus on ways to engage students in remembering those they have lost, connect to sacred spaces, and create ways to highlight these topics
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