Editor's note: The following information is from the Morian campaign.
Karen Morian was born in Tallahassee and grew up in New Smyrna Beach.
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She is the product of Volusia County public schools and says she knows from personal experience the possibility for public schools to expose students to the diversity of society, to afford them opportunities to grow in new ways, and to create cohesion in a community.
During her childhood, Morian said on her campaign website that she saw the damage to individuals and to society of inequality, and she became an advocate for those who have been denied, denigrated, or excluded.
Her father was an electrician, and her mother was a teacher; both were union members and were able to provide quality insurance coverage, something she believes all families deserve.
Morian worked her way through college and graduate school as a work-study student, as a teaching assistant, and at part-time jobs, receiving degrees from Stetson University (BA) and Florida State University (MA, PhD). She then began teaching and working with community organizations.
Since 1991, Karen Morian has been working with the students of Florida as a teacher and as a mentor.
She has been an advocate for education funding; for academic freedom; and for the rights of students, faculty, and staff.
Morian has served as a Teaching Assistant and Adjunct Faculty member at Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, and North Florida Community College and as a full-time faculty member of Florida Community College, now Florida State College at Jacksonville.
In addition to teaching and creating new courses of interest to the students at FSCJ, she has written two national grants and served in numerous college service positions including Chair of the Capstone Committee, member of the Faculty Senate, member of the Humanities Council, and as state Senator for the United Faculty of Florida. She has also served as the faculty advisor for student organizations such as the Gay-Straight Alliance and Students for Community Involvement.
For the past three decades, Karen Morian has worked with community leaders and ordinary citizens to better the lives of Floridians. Morian has served on the Board of Citihomes of San Marco, as both a member and as president. She is a member of WJCT, Stetson Alumni, FSU Alumni, the Central Labor Council of Jacksonville, Northeast Florida Sierra Club, the NAACP, and the Cummer Museum. Nationally, she is a member of the National Education Association, the American Association of University Women, the Modern Language Association, and the National Council on Higher Education.
In the past she has worked with various local, state, and national organizations such as the American Friends Service Committee and Habitat for Humanity.
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