Lena Jackson

Graduate Student, SocDoc Program - Class of '14
Project: 
Crenshaw (Video)
Lena is a filmmaker who has focused her work on education and media literacy. She has worked for WHUT-Howard University Television, Nomadic Wax, Sesame Workshop India, Cultural Survival, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2007 with a BSFS in Culture and Politics and Justice and Peace Studies and is completing a Master's degree in Social Documentation at UC-Santa Cruz. She is currently editing a documentary on the closing of Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles. She is a recipient of a 2013 Princess Grace Award.
Education and Training: 
BSFS in Culture and Politics at Georgetown University
Research Interests: 

Crenshaw - The Crenshaw district’s own students, teachers, and parents detail the stark consequences of a school superintendent’s quick-fix reforms of their public high school in South Los Angeles. This documentary takes the viewer deep inside the lives of those most affected by the callous “reconstitution.” As teachers were fired, curriculum replaced, and class sizes swelled, community activists take to the streets and meeting halls to fight for a say in their school’s future.

Class of: 
2014