The Occasional Paper Series , published twice yearly, is a forum for work that extends, deepens and challenges the progressive legacy on which Bank Street College is built. The series seeks to promote discussion about what it means to educate in a democracy and to meet the interrelated demands of equity and excellence.
The series is a peer-reviewed, open access journal.
Current Issue: Number 38
#SayHerName: Making Visible the t/Terrors Experienced by Black and Brown Girls and Women in Schools
About the Title and Cover
We constructed the title of this issue to honor the #SayHerName movement, our initial Call for Papers, and the current collection of essays. The "t/Terrors" we speak of include the broad range and variation of microaggressive and macroaggressive violences experienced by Black and Brown girls and women across their academic and social life spans.
The issue features a particular set of t/Terror narratives, as named in the title. Spreading the word about the complexities of these narratives — the fact that they do, as our introduction states, include surviving and thriving — is a part of the movement for consciousness about lived experiences of Black and Brown girls and women in schools and society. Read More
Interview with Guest Editors
"Editors in Conversation: How the Theme of Special Issue #38 was Conceived"
Interview with Bank Street Authors
"The Vital Importance of Nurturing Positive Body Image among Black and Brown Girls"
These videos were produced by Pauli Badenhorst, advanced doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction and Comparative and International Education at Penn State and Editorial Assistant for this issue.
Introduction: Reading and Writing the t/Terror Narratives of Black and Brown Girls and Women: Storying Lived Experiences to Inform and Advance Early Childhood through Higher Education
Jeannine Staples and Uma M. Jayakumar
“Who You Callin’ Smartmouth?” Misunderstood Traumatization of Black and Brown Girls
Danielle Walker, Cheryl E. Matias, and Robin Brandehoff
Put Some Respect On Our Name: Why Every Black & Brown Girl Needs to Learn About Radical Feminist Leadership
Bettina Love and Kristen Earnese Duncan
Restorative Schooling: The Healing Power of Counternarrative
Where our Girls at? The Misrecognition of Black and Brown girls in schools
Amanda E. Lewis and Deana G. Lewis
- Jeanine Staples
- Uma Jayakumar
- Pauli Badenhorst, Editorial Assistant
Dr. Jeanine Staples is Associate Professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Her work focuses on dismantling supremacist patriarchies by developing critical and creative identity theories and methodologies, in addition to radical pedagogies for teachers and teacher educators. She was named a Senior Fellow at Columbia University School of Law’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communications. Dr. Staples earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Urban Education from Howard University, her master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, and her Doctorate in Literacy and Language, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Uma M. Jayakumar is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at University of California, Riverside. Her scholarship and teaching address racial justice and policy issues in higher education, with a focus on how institutional environments such as campus climates and cultures shape college access and racialized experiences, outcomes, and resistance to genuinely inclusive engagement. Jayakumar is a 2017-2018 Spencer Midcareer award recipient. Her scholarship is featured in Educational Researcher, Journal of Higher Education, Harvard Educational Review, and across numerous amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in the most recent (Fisher v. University of Texas) affirmative action cases.
Pauli Badenhorst, advanced doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction and Comparative and International Education at Penn State, served as a logistical editorial assistant for this special issue.
About the Artist
Tawana Simone is an artist/illustrator who centers the lived experiences of Black and Brown girls and women through vivid representations of the daily adventures, monotony, intimacies, and resistances we generate. Each of the illustrations you see associated with this issue were specifically commissioned by the artist. You can learn more about her work at tawanasimone.com.