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Savannah R. Overton Williams

Director of External Affairs & Community Engagement

Savannah R. Overton Williams

Savannah R. Overton-Williams is a media literacy advocate, media studies scholar and diversity consultant who is deeply passionate about diversity, human rights, urban studies and all things sociological. Savannah was born and raised in Los Angeles, California but has made the east coast her home. Prior to joining the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as the Director of Admissions, she worked for several companies and non-profits in the Los Angeles, Boston and DC areas conducting research, managing community projects and social media outlets. She is also an adjunct professor who teaches courses on school violence, race, gender & class.

Savannah earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Pepperdine University in Intercultural Communication and Sociology. After college, she spent several years in reality television at Fox Broadcasting Company working as a liaison between production companies and the network on shows such as: American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, The NAACP Image Awards, The Emmy Awards, among others.

In 2012 she completed her Master’s degree in Media Studies from Syracuse University. Her work there took her back to her roots working with incarcerated persons. Her published thesis, Hard-Knock Life: Exploring Prisoner Perceptions of Media’s Influence on Society and Crime through In-Depth Interviews and Q-Methodology was accepted at an international conference in Budapest, Hungary in 2013.

In addition to teaching and consulting, Savannah loves to volunteer with youth organizations and is an avid arts and sports enthusiast.