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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.

Kelly K. Hope is an educator, advocate, and higher education professional. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in English education from Southern Connecticut State University and an Ed.D. in organizational leadership from Northeastern University. Hope serves as Adjunct Professor and Director of Student Life and Student Conduct at Housatonic Community College. In 2013, she received the Phi Delta Kappa Golden Apple Award for excellence in education.