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Janice Johnson Dias
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Career Info

Primary Industry:
Non-Profits / Philanthropy
Personal Career Headline:
President, GrassROOTS Community Foundation

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Career Snapshot:

Dr. Janice Johnson Dias holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University with a specialization in urban and political sociology. Her research focuses on impoverished mothers and children. She is a recipient of grants from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research New Connections and the Research Foundation of New York to examine low-income Black mothers’ perceptions of neighborhood safety and the relationship to their daughters’ physical activity. Johnson Dias’ work is multidisciplinary and utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Her research on welfare-to-work organizations has appeared in the top-most ranking policy journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. She has also published in well-respected sociological and psychological journals such as Gender and Society and the American Journal of Community Psychology.

In addition to her academic work, Johnson Dias has extensive experience working with a diversity of social service and community agencies including educational institutions and social service organizations. Johnson Dias specializes in building collaborations dedicated to sustainable social change. She has extensive experience working with a wide array of human services agencies (private and public) including educational, employment and health institutions across the US; such experiences have facilitated her ability to bring together diverse stakeholders. Over the past two years, Johnson Dias has been working with community based organizations in Memphis, Tennessee and Long Island, New York, where she designed and conducted moderator training for facilitating dialogue and solution-building across multiple constituencies. Her work in Long Island on black girls’ mental, sexual and physical health issues earned the collaborative a special Congressional honor.

Johnson Dias is a graduate of Brandeis University. She completed her postdoctoral study at the University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, National Poverty Center.

What Else To Know

My Goal of the Day:

Stay happy. Stay healthy 

My Thought of the Day:

 You go further by going slowly and steadily rather than by going fast. Stay consistent

My Action of the Day:

Workout and breathe. 

My Deed of the Day:

Say thank you to those who support you

My Tip of the Day:

Take the time to dance 

My Pic of the Day:
Tell Us More:

Pic of the Day: Our first ever family photo taken by a professional photographer: Andrea Cipriani. It was taken in 2013 and is very much of a “Dias Crew” photo.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I love that in the mornings when I go for a walk or run the streets have a beautiful calmness. I enjoy being able to walk down the middle of the road.  It gives me the feeling like I am “That Girl” 

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I love sautéed spinach with garlic, onions and mushrooms with jalapeno, egg whites, yucca fries with a side of avocado  and a cup of coffee with cream no sugar. 

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Leaving the gym. On most days I leave the house at 4:50am to go to the gym. If I don’t work out then I feel like Bruce Banner. Working out gives me energy and focus and it helps me manage my emotions.  

10:00 AM – I love Charmed. I have seen all the episodes. After breakfast I usually work on my couch. Repeats of  Charmed is usually in the background while answering emails and work on GrassROOTS and my classes. 

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I usually make lunch at home. My favorite lunch is Margaritaville Jerk Shrimp with sweet potato and spinach. If I am at work I usually get a Greek salad with salmon with side of fries. I have a “small” and important “fries” addiction

7:00 PM –  We usually finish eating dinner by 7:00pm. By this time, Marley and I are planning for the next day. If her hair is not braided then I am usually twisting or blowing her hair in preparation for the next day.  

11:00 PM – I try to be in bed by 11:00pm. If I am still up I am making my way to bed. 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I cannot make it through the day without seltzer water. I gave up soda a decade ago and seltzer is my favorite, especially if it is super cold. 

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I love Instagram and Couch to 5k. 

@iammarleydias is my favorite account. Sorry but its true.

What should everyone try at least once? 

I think everyone should train for a 5k or 10k. I ran my first 5k the year before Marley was born. It taught me the importance of consistency. I was so proud of myself at the end of the race; the joy I felt led me to get my first tattoo of a YingYang symbol. Training demanded balance and I continue to value that balance.  I trained for my first 10k after Marley was born and it gave me renewed value in the power of consistency and balance. 

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I love Philadelphia, but it is easy to get lost in there. Luckily, being lost invites exploration. You can discover some fabulous spots. I have discovered some great bars and shopping places while being lost. 

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