WELCOME to Day 14 of the

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

3 Ways to Survive Being “The Only One” By Creating a Space for Yourself and Your Community

Nina Banks is a heterodox economist whose research focuses on family migration and social reproduction, including unpaid/non-market work that women perform individually and collectively in order to sustain their communities. She describes her work as post-positivist feminist since it examines the role of belief systems in maintaining hierarchies and oppressive practices. Her other main area of research involves recovering the economic thought of Sadie T.M. Alexander, the first African-American economist. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Feminist Economists (IAFFE) and the National Economic Association (NEA) and the editorial board of Feminist Economics. She is coauthoring (with Cecilia Conrad and Rhonda Sharpe) Black Women in the U.S. Economy: the Hardest Working Woman, Routledge (forthcoming).

Black Political Thought to Save Our Future: A Critical Conversation about Past and Present Power

Stephen Graves, Ph.D. serves the University of Missouri in the Departments of Political Science and Black Studies. He specializes in Political Theory, Black Politics, and American Government and is a leading researcher in Black Political Thought. In addition to his work as an academic, Stephen has been involved in the community as the founder of Troublesome, a non-profit organization that focuses on community outreach and providing educational and professional services to minorities and underprivileged groups in Portland, Or. Along with his commitment to community service, he has been a presence on college campuses inspiring students and serving as the faculty advisor for numerous clubs.

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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.