Crisol Beliz joined the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy in April 2023 as a research associate for the Community Data and Research Lab. In this role, she supports research that has a tangible impact on communities and the nonprofit sector.
She comes to us most recently from the Cook Library Center at Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, where she served as library manager. Crisol previously held positions in libraries and research at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and the University of Michigan.
Crisol earned her bachelor’s degree at GVSU where she studied Latinx culture and history. As a McNair scholar, she explored the Chicano assimilation practices, and Latinx community-police relations in 1960’s Chicago. Crisol also studied data analytics at the University of Michigan, where she worked on research connecting underrepresented folks in technology (namely girls and gender-non-conforming students) to tech programming through local libraries.
Crisol is passionate about leveraging data analytics to benefit underserved communities. When she’s not working, she enjoys walking with her son and partner, reading speculative fiction, painting, and sipping on tea lattes.