1001 S. Forest Mall Dixie Gammage 230
Tempe, AZ 85282
Mail code: 2002
Melissa Dickman is a Manager for The Sidney Poitier New American Film School.
About the Position:
ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.
Arc of the Student Experience: Prospective to Alumni
The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has centered its mission on increasing inclusion and equity in the fields of design and the arts and defining higher education as a place for life-long learning, mentorship and exchange between artists, professionals, researchers, and our communities.
The Manager leads a team of student-facing staff to examine, analyze and develop solutions to improve the arc of the student experience – with an emphasis on equity and justice - from the first interactions with our department as a prospective student through enrollment, graduation and becoming an alumnus of our programs.
About the Person:
I am a certified yoga instructor, Dare to Lead™ Trained, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and have extensive experience in project management. I am a trained stage manager, creative and technical writer. This means I can color code, alphabetize, record, and label - with impressively catchy titles.
At Arizona State University my work has consistently been located with grants or units who are just beginning or in the middle of significant changes. This has allowed me to become practiced in examining higher education organizational structures and processes to build systems that support students, faculty and staff. During my eleven years with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts I have recruited students, worked in student services, managed office policies and procedures, managed contracts, facilities, data collection and reporting.
I have a healthy obsession/hobby and love for plants, gardening, urban farming, permaculture – and all of the science, whimsy, mysticism and art that lives in the spaces where plants grow.
Over the last decade I have produced bi-lingual theatre [with a mono-lingual brain], helped create immersive theatrical gardens, and facilitated experiments between science and art. I have taught workshops on yoga/meditation, nonviolent communication, nonviolent direct action, and creating community.
project management, equity and inclusion, student retention and persistence, urban farming, permaculture design, yoga, community organizing, nonviolent direct action, nonviolent communication, performance of protest, arts management, information management
American Theatre in Higher Education | Latina/o Pre-Con Focus Group | Tempe, AZ | Aug. 2014
“Nonviolent Direct Action Training.”
American Theatre in Higher Education | Orlando, FL | August 2013
“Trafficking Nonviolence: A Genealogy of Nonviolent Direct Action in Borderlands Migrant Protests.”
ServiceSpace | Awakin Calls | Tele-Conference | July 2013
“Love Warrior of the Desert.”
American Society for Theatre Researchers | Seattle, WA | November 2010
“Observations from the Wall: two sometime wallflowers analyze choreographies of coalition and discontent sparked by Arizona’s controversial immigration law.”
Women Active in Letters and Social Change | Phoenix, AZ | June 2010
“Art and Activism: Methodology and Praxis.”
Honors / Awards
Outstanding Team Award | Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts | May 2022
Staff Council Award for Excellence and Innovation | Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts | May 2018
Instructor | Urban Farming, Community and Education | Mesa, AZ | February 2014
Instructor | Theatre to Create Community | Oakland, CA | August 2012
Instructor | Nonviolent Communication Workshop | Oakland, CA | January 2012
Organizing Committee | Local to Global Justice | Tempe, AZ | September 09 - May 2014
Organizing Member: Food Justice Festival and Forum | 2014
Organizing Member: Justice for Women, Justice for All Teach-In | 2013
Communication & Arts Coordinator: Dialogues for Healing the Self, Community, World Teach-In | 2012
President: Solidarity Through Knowledge and Action Teach-In | 2011
Secretary: Re-Storying Community Teach-In | 2010
Stage Manager: Reclaim the Commons Teach-In | 2009
Board Member | Seva Circle | Phoenix, AZ | August 2013-Present
Executive Education Courses
Spark! Facilitator Training
Dare to Lead | Based on the research of Brené Brown | Tempe, AZ | January 2020
Lean Six Sigma, Green Belt | ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering | Tempe, AZ | June 2019-February 2019
Project Management Body of Knowledge | 35 course hours | August 2018-November 2018
Arts/Cultural Production | Phoenix, AZ | June 2014
Laddership [Leadership] Retreat | ServiceSpace | Phoenix, AZ | June 2012
Nonviolent Direct Action Training | Ruckus Society | Phoenix, AZ | July 2010