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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 Grow Courage as a Teacher-Scholar of Color in Academic Spaces Governed by White Supremacy

Ana Carolina Díaz Beltrán is a Third World scholar and former social studies teacher. Ana uses autoethnographic inquiry to examine the limits of global curriculum in hegemonic and marginalized spaces in Colombia and the U.S. Her work is influenced by Latin American scholarship, Third World feminists and feminists of color. She also is a co-founder of the Community Narratives Project, an effort to transform exclusionary forms of culture in State College.

Campus Climate & Student Activism In The Age of #BlackLivesMatter

Several years of working as a college administrator motivated Kimberly Griffin to pursue a PhD in higher education. She studied the factors and forces shaping the experiences of Black students and faculty college and university campuses, and is an engaged scholar focused on broadly promoting access and equity in the academy. Her work on mentoring, campus climate, and Blacks in higher education has been widely published in her field, and she has become a leading voice as policymakers, practitioners, and institutional leaders strive to increase faculty diversity.

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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.