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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

Advocating for Solidarity Among Black Girls: A Conversation for Educators, Administrators, and Policymakers

Donna-Marie Cole-Malott is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on the literate practices of immigrant students and their academic and social identity formation. Her research centers on the intersection of race, class, gender, as it relates to the identities of immigrant youth in schools. As a former secondary English teacher, she has worked in urban communities for nearly a decade; she is currently a TA in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She also works as a consultant with the State College Area School District in their Professional Development School.

Three Ways to Identify and Confront White Privilege in Classrooms and on Campuses

Stephanie Anne Shelton is an Assistant Professor of Qualitative Educational Research in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methods, and Counseling and an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Gender and Race Studies at The University of Alabama. Stephanie is the Vice Chair of the Genders and Sexualities Equality Alliance in National Council of Teachers of English and Secretary/Treasurer of AERA’s Queer Studies SIG. She lives with her rescue puppy Jasper in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she volunteers with the West Alabama Clinic Defenders and takes painting classes.

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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.