Staples and Jayakumar introduce this issue of the Occasional Paper Series that speaks to the #SayHerName social justice initiative. The movement aims to expose the experiences of Black and Brown girls and women who are subject to police violence in society and various violences in schools. In response to this movement, this issue includes stories of Black and Brown women from early childhood education through higher education.

Author Biography

Dr. Jeannine 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.



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