Daphne Muse spent the last six decades speaking truth to power, beginning as a social activist at William McKinley High School in Washington, D.C. Broadly well-educated in public schools in Washington, she graduated with a B.A. in American and English Literature from Fisk University. Muse put her life-long learning skills to use as a social activist and educator, where she served on the faculty at U.C. Berkeley and Mills. At Berkeley, she was the Research Coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program. That mission includes getting first generation students to secure their Ph.D.’s and become future academics, researchers, and scholars. Muse served on the faculty at Mills from 1975-1983 and 1991-1993 and from 2004-2009 and served as the director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Mills. There she worked with two cohorts of WLI Fellows, selected from a range of undergraduate and graduate disciplines, teaching them to envision the roles they would play and developing the skills to become future leaders of communities, companies and countries.
She is sought after for her capacity to envision and create new projects, refocus existing ones, and work with writers and filmmakers turning their concepts into manuscripts and screenplays. Her clients include the Office of Education at the Commission on Major League Baseball, Scholastic, Inc., and Alice Walker. Muse’s social commentaries air on public radio and her articles, Op-Ed pieces and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Congressional Record, SF Chronicle and have aired on NPR. She blogs at www.daphnemuse.blogspot.com and inventingourfuture.com.