Mashaun D. Simon is a writer and preacher from Atlanta, GA. 

Mashaun centers his work around informing and empowering others as an advocate for race awareness, equity and fairness, and cultural competency. As a former contributor for NBC News, Mashaun covered topics ranging from race and racial justice, equity, faith and identity. His byline has also been seen in the Atlanta Daily World, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Black Enterprise, Bloomberg News, TheGrio.com, Ebony Magazine, BelieveOutLoud.com, and Essence Magazine. He has also created and managed web based sexual misconduct and discrimination educational resources for colleges and universities in the metro-Atlanta area.

Currently, Mashaun serves as Communications Manager for Spelman College where he manages the production and distribution of the school's weekly electronic newsletter, the Spelman Connection. He also provides media relations support, including researching, writing and distributing news announcements and assisting in the development of the College’s media relations campaigns and media monitoring. Previously, Mashaun served as the Diversity Specialist for Kennesaw State University where he was responsible for developing cultural competency and affirmative action programming and trainings. In addition, he assisted the Office of Institutional Equity with interpersonal violence prevention trainings, as well as planned and facilitated a faith and sexuality symposium for the University’s Presidential Commission for LGBT Initiatives.

In addition to his diversity and social justice work, Mashaun is a licensed and ordained preacher and serves on the ministerial staff of House of Mercy Everlasting in College Park, GA. Mashaun is also a member of the Board of Directors for AID Atlanta and a member of the Advisory Board for the Counter Narrative Project.

He holds a professional writing degree from Georgia Perimeter College, a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Kennesaw State University, and a Master of Divinity from Emory University's Candler School of Theology. 


Education

Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Master of Divinity
Concentration(s): Race & Society, Formation & Witness
Certificate(s): Black Church Studies, Religious Education
May 2013

Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA
Bachelor of Science
Communications/Media Studies & Sociology
May 2009

Georgia Perimeter College
Clarkston, GA
Associates in Journalism & Professional Writing
May 2006


Professional Experience

Spelman College
Communications Manager
May 2018 – present

Essence Communications
Contributing Writer
January 2018 - May 2018

Ms. X Factor
Contributing Writer
October 2017 - May 2018

Ebony Magazine
Special Contributor
June 2017

Atlanta Magazine
Digital Media Contributor
December 2016 - February 2017

NBC Universal
Contributor, NBCNews.com
August 2015 - May 2018

Kennesaw State University
Diversity Specialist, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
September 2015 – May 2018

Columbia Theological Seminary
Program Coordinator, Advanced Professional Studies
February 2014 – September 2015

Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Teaching Assistant
January 2013- Present

Carpenter Grant Coordinator
August 2012- November 2013

Student Ambassador
September 2012- April 2013

Worship Coordinator
August 2012-April 2013

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Breaking News Reporter
June 2009 – May 2010

Kennesaw State University
Writer/Student Assistant, Office of External Affairs/University Relations
June 2007-April 2009

Black Enterprise Magazine
Contributor
June 2005 – June 2007

City of Atlanta
Ceremonial Documents Writer, Mayor’s Office of Communications
December 2004 – April 2006

Atlanta Daily World Newspaper
Senior Staff Writer
June 2000 – November 2004
 


Ministry Experience

House of Mercy Everlasting, Inc.
Elder (ordained April 2016)
November 2013 — present

Greater Smith Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Contextual Education Intern; Itinerant Minster (licensed September 2012)
April 2010 — November 2013

Office of Worship, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Worship Planner
August 2012 — April 2013

Youth Theological Initiative, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Program Mentor
Summer 2012, Summer 2013

Gwinnett Medical Center
Chaplain Intern
August 2011 — April 2012


Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Candler Coordinating Council President
April 2012 — April 2013

Candler Coordinating Council, Emory University
Candler Coordinating Council Vice President
April 2011 — April 2012

Atlanta Association of Black Journalists
Parliamentarian
August 2010 — December 2010

National Association of Black Journalists
National Student Representative
August 2005 — August 2007

Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Student Consortium
President
August 2003 — April 2005

Leadership Experience


Awards/Recognitions

· Who’s Who in American Universities & Colleges, Emory University, April 25, 2013

· Community Service Award Recipient, Candler School of Theology, April 25, 2013

· John W. Rustin Preaching Award Recipient, Candler School of Theology, April 25, 2013

· Peter Gomes Award for Transformational Leadership and Service in Church, Community, and Academy, Candler School of Theology, April 12, 2013

· Sidmel Estes-Sumpter Student Journalist of the Year Award Recipient, NABJ, April 2, 2005

· Best Print Public Affairs Reporting with Circulation under 100,000 Award Recipient, AABJ, November 6, 2004

· Best Print Public Affairs Reporting with Circulation under 100,000 Award Recipient, AABJ, September 27, 2003

· Best Print Public Affairs Reporting with Circulation under 100,000 Award Recipient, AABJ, October 5, 2002

· AABJ Volunteer of the Year, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, October 5, 2002

· Best Print Public Affairs Reporting with Circulation under 100,000 Award Recipient, AABJ, September 22, 2001


Lectures/Presentations

· The Components of Non-liberative Preaching, Research Practices, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, November 28, 2012

· bell hooks & Pedagogy, Religious Education, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, March 21, 2013

· Preaching in Context, Intro to Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, April 9, 2013

· Muting Jason Collins: Coming Out As Testimony, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, May 2, 2013

· The Art of Preaching: Why We Preach, House of Mercy Everlasting, College Park, GA, January 18, 2014

· Person of the Preacher, Intro to Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, January 28, 2014

· Exegesis, Intro to Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, September 16, 2014

· Multiculturalism as Social Justice, Kennesaw State University, August 26, 2015

· Unconscious Bias, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Kennesaw, September 8, 2016

· Effective Leadership in Diverse Environments, Center for University Learning Leadership Symposium, Kennesaw State University, December 8, 2016

· Diversity & Social Work, Social Welfare Policy, Kennesaw State University, March 29, 2017


Publications

"Hairgate 2006: The Dread Scandal," Hair Goddess: A Kinky Curly Wavy Straight Anthology, Edited by Yvette Walker, (2015)