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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 Embrace Relational Mental Health In and Outside the Classroom

Christiana Awosan a licensed marriage/couple and family therapist and assistant professor at Seton Hall University centers her work in the integrity and privilege of training the next generations of mental health professionals, scholars and researchers to embrace relational mental health social justice values and practices.

Three Problems Facing Students with Multifaceted Identities

Dylan Rogers is a student, photographer, and activist at Bucknell University. Working alongside the Bucknell Alternative Delegation, Dylan has become exposed to many issues facing students with intersectional and marginalized identities at Bucknell University and in the broader national and international communities, both as an advocate and student with a physical disability. Dylan is an involved leader, participating on over a dozen campus activity executive boards and event councils, including work at the school newspaper The Bucknellian, avid participation in the open-source Maker movements at the numerous on-campus MakerSpaces, and active involvement as a panelist and organizer for first-hand campus accessibility review.

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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.