Building Cultural Competency Through Literacy Initiatives
January 24th, 2020 - Christine Thompson was crowned the USA National Miss Alabama 2021. Christine is now a representative of one of the most renowned pageant organizations in the country. As Miss Alabama, she uses her crown and sash to empower youth throughout the state. This Junior at the University of Alabama is a double major in Theatre and Political Science Pre-Law with an Acting Concentration. While on a full-ride scholarship, Christine is active on campus with various organizations such as the Speech and Debate Team and Theatre Productions. On the servitude side, you can catch Christine volunteering over 200 hours with Al’s Pals, a mentoring program in which she assists children through educational mentorship. Her future career endeavor is to become a Public Interest Attorney with support from her previous internship at the New York State Senate and as a participant in the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program.
Christine uses her passion for African-American studies and diversity to center a personal platform around the study of different languages and cultures. As the National American Miss Alabama, this beauty queen focuses her reign on Building Cultural Competency Through Literacy Initiatives. Christine's goal in this position is to educate elementary and middle school students with basic knowledge about different cultures within their community, and how to engage with such cultures respectfully. Christine uses Crown CARES (Creating a Respectful Environment in Schools) as an anti-bullying resource to help navigate her school visits. Through her presentations, she focuses on the effects bullying may have on minorities or those of other cultural backgrounds. Christine aims to bridge the gap between misinformation and education at the primary-aged level by utilizing children’s books with diverse plots and main characters. She presents exercises and tactics that consist of short discussions about how to treat others who speak and look differently than ourselves.