Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni Women's Media Summit
Award-winning actor, producer, and educator, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is currently touring her one-woman show, One Drop of Love. Fanshen travels throughout the nation performing her show, which explores the complicated realities and perceptions of history, family, race, class, justice, and love. Cox DiGiovanni has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR as a spokesperson on using the arts to explore racial identity. Reared in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by a Black nationalist, Jamaican-born father and white Northwestern mother, Fanshen uses her multifaceted background to spark conversation and challenge notions around race and class in America and beyond. She expanded her worldview as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and has designed curricula for and taught English as a Second Language to students from all over the globe. Cox DiGiovanni has been honored with the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award, and with Peace Corps Fellows and Hollywood Foreign Press Association scholarships. She holds a BA in Spanish and Education from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an MFA in Acting and Performance in TV, Film and Theater from California State University Los Angeles. Her show, One Drop, is co-produced by herself and childhood friends, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Fanshen is a co-architect of the Inclusion Rider alongside Stacy Smith the founder and director of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and Kalpana Kotagal of the law firm Cohen Milstein.