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Strengths & Struggles In School & Society: Producing Critical and Creative Examinations of Intersectional Lives
Presented By: Bucknell University Multicultural Student Services and UnHerd

Three Ways to Nurture Black Students’ College and Career Readiness Through Literacy

Black mother, literacy scholar, educator, guidance counselor, and mentor. These are the roles that have defined the contours of Dr. Jennifer Turner's career in education. She is passionate about literacy, and about helping Black children and youth to, in Freire's words, "read the word and read the world."

Three Ways to Understand and Act on Intersectionality Research

Dr. Vavrus is past-president of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education and Washington state’s Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. At Michigan State University (M.A. & Ph.D.) he focused on Education, Economics, and African History. Besides teaching at small liberal arts colleges, his career has included directing urban community service projects for Drake University, teaching in a Ethiopian junior secondary school, serving as teacher-director of a parent-run one-room elementary school, and teaching in a remote Appalachian school district. For 10 years he ran a community film society. He enjoys backpacking and hanging with friends and family.

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About Dr. Jeanine Staples

I'm an Associate Professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. I focus on dismantling supremacist patriarchies through research, teaching, and coaching. As a sociocultural literacist, I work to understand personal and public voices and stories to solve personal and public problems. I do this by researching the evolutionary nature and function of literacies and texts through the discourses of narrative research. My work exposes impetuses for various personal and social ills such as racism, sexism, and ableism.

I love to meditate way before dawn, work out like a soldier, and shop alone. I prefer rum to wine, jeans to skirts, and like my heels sky high (except when I'm wearing cowboy boots). Every year I ask my stylist to cornrow and bead my hair in homage to Patrice Rushen and Stevie Wonder (if you know of these artists and understand why demonstrating embodied respect for them is important, we can probably be friends). I believe in ghosts, fairies, and hobbits (for real). Musically, I vibe to old school everything (hip hop, R&B, jazz, rock, and classical) and especially dig Hildegard von Bingen. I trust children a little bit more than adults, respect teens for their fearlessness, admire elders for their tenacity, and occasionally prefer the company of dogs to people. I'm really getting into interior design and have a penchant for acquiring east coast real estate. I'm also a survivor of multiple terrors in love.

I invite you to learn more about me and the projects I am involved with at JeanineStaples.com.