Dustin Craun brings seventeen years of community organizing and institution building experience to the CAIR San Diego team. Dustin Craun is a writer, community organizer, scholar, and digital media strategist.
His work in digital media has been featured in over 200 global publications, and his writings on race, philosophy, and Islamic studies have been published in academic journals and popular publications. He is the founder of Beyond Borders Studios, a digital creative agency, and one of the Co-founders of MPower Change, one of the largest Muslim led social and racial justice organization in the US. He was trained in faith-based community organizing at the PICO National Network (Faith in Action) where he was the director of Muslim clergy organizing.
He has traveled extensively around the world in 25 countries and lived and worked in Malaysia, Ghana, Morocco, and Mexico. He is currently finishing two books for publication: White Benevolent Innocence: Race and the Construction of White Identity 1492-2018 and Decolonizing the Heart in an Upside Down World.
He has a bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Masters in Ethnic Studies from the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.
He studied Latin American philosophy and the Decoloniality school of thought in the graduate school of Ethnic Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, and traditional Islamic Studies at Zaytuna College.