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Black Women Speaking From Within

Essays and Experiences in Higher Education


Edited By Kelly K. Hope

In Black Women Speaking From Within: Essays and Experiences in Higher Education, contributors use intersectional and interdisciplinary lenses to share the ways in which they understand, navigate, resist, and transform student services, learning, teaching, and existing in the academy. This book explores and discusses the following question: How do Black women experience and perceive place and agency in higher education? Black Women Speaking From Within draws upon the influence organizational culture, sense-making, and sisterhood has on praxis and pedagogy and places the Black woman’s stories and experiences at the center of the conversation.

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Courtney Allen

Courtney Allen is a native New Yorker, and a fourth year doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) program at Clemson University. She is passionate about improving and changing the experience of Black womyn collegians. Courtney’s research focuses on exploring the ways in which institutional support of sister circles are vital to the success of Black womyn collegians at PWIs. Additionally, she is also part of a research team at Clemson, ARC which is a student-driven initiative (under the advisement of Dr. Robin Phelps-Ward, PI), that utilizes critical and participatory action research to teach ethical and effective research practices while answering questions vital to student success. ARC’s research focuses on black collegiate students and their pursuit of graduate education and the process of applying and attending. After graduating May 2019, Courtney plans to enter academia as a professor in higher education administration.

Lytasha Marie Blackwell

Writer, educator, motivator, mother and lover of words, Lytasha Marie Blackwell has been featured on stages with literary and activist legends such as Nikki Giovanni, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Ericka Huggins, Afeni Shakur and the late Dr. Maya Angelou. She has been featured in online publications such as The Feminist Wire. She is also published in The Professional Black Woman anthology by Linda Eastman.

She has a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication with a minor in Media Studies and M.A. in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University where she focused on Programming and Curriculum...

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