Urban and Multicultural Education
Humanities Building 100B
Associate Professor of Urban and Multicultural Education
Macalester College, Educational Studies Department
I am an associate professor of urban and multicultural education in the Educational Studies Department at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. I received my doctorate from the University of Minnesota where I studied the cultural contexts of teaching and learning. My research explores the intersections of critical participatory action research, Africana Studies, and cultural relevance, particularly in the education of youth of African descent. Prior to pursuing my Ph.D., I taught for over a decade in Philadelphia, PA and St. Paul, MN. As a teacher educator and researcher I have worked with other educators, parents, schools, and districts to develop perspectives and strategies that aspire toward social justice while illuminating the historical realities that have created raced and classed educational disparities. I hold deep commitments to community-engaged research where academic researchers follow the lead of community members and organizations to identify prevalent issues that can be addressed through an inquiry-based approach. In this effort I coordinate a program, called the Uhuru Youth Scholars, where high school youth gain college credit by conducting participatory action research through the lens of African knowledge systems. I co-created this partnership between multiple post-secondary institutions in the Twin Cities and a community-based family education center called the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD).