By Chandra Crane and Caroline Triscik

Chandra Crane: Cheerfully Defying Stereotypes

“If someone is asking me to be more like the dominant culture and saying, ‘Your identity is in Christ,’ and what they really want is for me to be less loud or wear smaller earrings or to be more quiet and feminine, they’re not actually asking me to look more like Jesus, they’re asking me to look more like them." — Chandra Crane

Listen in on our conversation with author and campus minister Chandra Crane where we discuss ethnicity and culture, identity formation, and Chandra’s upcoming book.

Chandra Crane’s upcoming book Mixed Blessing: Embracing the Fullness of Your Multiethnic Identity is a gift to our world today. Throughout the pages, Chandra’s voice brings the light, love, and healing of Jesus as she shares stories of understanding her multiethnic, multi-cultural identity. In this conversation, she shares more of those stories about how she has grown in confidence as a multiethnic woman made in the image of God. Through her sense of humor, intelligence, and strong, faith-filled voice, Chandra invites us into our own journey to be able to see who we are in Christ as well. We hope you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as we did.​

Caroline Triscik

You can listen on iTunesSpotify, or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Chandra Crane (BS Education, MA Ministry) is a Multiethnic Initiatives Resource Specialist with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and a member of the multiethnic Redeemer Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in a multiethnic/multicultural family in the Southwest and now happily transplanted to the Deep South, Chandra is passionate about diversity and family.

She is a Regular Contributor for Dordt University’s In All Things and has written for The Witness: A Black Christian Collective and InterVarsity’s The Well. Chandra is the author of Mixed Blessing: Embracing the Fullness of Your Multiethnic Identity from InterVarsity Press.

She is married to Kennan, a civil engineer, and they have two spunky daughters. Chandra is a fan of hot tea, crossword puzzles, Converse shoes, and science fiction. She thoroughly enjoys reading, napping, and defying stereotypes.

Caroline served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is a clinical mental health counselor and a former associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

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