Kelly Crum loves working with people. Today, as director of multicultural affairs at Jackson College, she has the opportunity to give back to today’s students.
After graduating from Jackson High in 1987, she attended Jackson Community College because it was close to home and she valued having family nearby. She found a caring community.
“Even though I was a teen mom, that wasn’t going to stop me from pursuing my educational goals,” she recalls. “The community college at that time was a really great choice for me.”
She studied corrections at the College, then, with a passion for working with people, she transferred to Spring Arbor College to earn her bachelor’s degree in sociology. After college she worked with youth at Starr Commonwealth in Albion, and she came to love helping young people. Crum has also held positions with the Substance Abuse Prevention Agency, been health educator, and served many years as a cheerleading coach and advisor.
In 2013, she returned to her alma mater Jackson College as assistant director of multicultural affairs, and was recently named director. In her position, she helps to oversee student groups then Men of Merit and Sisters of Strength, helps to coordinate the Student Multicultural Center in Bert Walker Hall, and assists in administering programs for the diverse student population and overall student success.
“My job here at Jackson College is great because I’m working with people,” she said.