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Jack of All Trades.

Takada Dixon-Epps is a humanitarian in the truest sense of the word. After graduating from Clarke, she made it her life's mission to pay it forward. Takada created a non-profit organization called Phase I Fitness dedicated to helping children escape abusive households. Phase I Fitness is based on the peace, trust, humility and sense of family she felt while a Clarke student.

Takada's Phase I Fitness organization teaches coping skills; educates individuals on healthy lifestyles and suicide prevention; provides training and workshops; and offers a "dress for success" program with clothing from Takada's personal wardrobe. Takada recently added a new program to Phase I Fitness to provide clothing and toys to children whose parents are incarcerated. Takada is personally invested in these programs and personally gift wraps the items, takes photos of the children opening the gifts, and mails the photos to their parents. As a result of her efforts, another program was launched to assist with job placement for these parents upon their release. In addition to her work with Phase I Fitness, she is a volunteer with House of Hope, Clara's House, Public Image Partnership and the Phalanx Youth Program. These organizations all focus on helping disadvantaged children and families in their pursuit of self-sufficiency.

Takada is a wife, home schoolteacher of her 10-year-old daughter, owner and operator of three salons and three barbershops, mentor and trainer for children and adolescents, motivational speaker and celebrity stylist.

Takada has also starred in the movies A Vulture City and The Interrupters, a documentary on the efforts to stop violence in Chicago. Currently, she is working on her first autobiography, patenting three inventions for the hair industry, mass manufacturing her own natural hair product line, and working with her local congressional district official to write a bill to change the statute of limitations for victims of physical and sexual abuse.

Takada Dixon Epps

Takada Dixon-Epps '93

RECIPIENT OF: Humanitarian Service Award

YEAR: 2013

MAJOR: Bachelor of Arts in Communication

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