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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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This book is not for everyone. When I decided to compile this collection of essays and experiences, I had a specific audience in mind—people who were interested in highlighting, validating, and discussing the racial and gender experiences and incongruities in higher education. In other words, I compiled this work for people like me—black women working and studying at institutions of higher education. I wanted to create an opportunity and space for us to speak for us and in our own language. I also complied this book for another audience—people who desire but struggle to understand the impact monolithic thinking, institutional culture, and ambiguous policies have on the black woman’s experiences on college and university campuses. I hope the chapters in this book begin to foster dialogue on campuses near and far. Lastly, it is my prayer that black women are empowered by the collection assembled here to own your voice and speak knowledgeably and confidently.

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