Tiauna Boyd serves as Director of Advocacy at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC) in Chicago, IL. In her role at SDPC, Ms. Boyd mobilizes and resources communities of faith and seminarians on issues of social justice ministry- the prison industrial complex, HIV/AIDS, environmental and food justice. Ms. Boyd is engaged in partnership and program development around national and international human rights concerns, including global policy as it relates to just restoration in Haiti and the implementation of the Millennium Development goals in East Africa. She serves as the SDPC liaison to both the Lott Carey Foreign Missionary Society and Bread for the World.
Ms. Boyd has completed mission assignments or study tours in Ghana, Japan, Palestine and Israel. She is passionate about the need for a new paradigm for global missions and has explored the intersection of African spirituality and Christology in her study and writings. Specifically, she has engaged the African construct of “ubuntu” as a theological model for global justice and church praxis.
Ms. Boyd is a published poet and contributing author to The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness: A Study Guide. She has been largely responsible for the implementation of advocacy initiatives of SDPC as related to dismantling an unjust criminal justice system in the U.S.
She has been a fellowship recipient from the Fund for Theological Education, the Global Ministries Council of Theological Students and designated the Jeremiah A. Wright Legacy Scholar at Chicago Theological Seminary. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary, with a concentration in the Study of Black Faith and Life.