Thoughts on the Audience for my Research

Who is my audience and how much can I expect them to know? Beyond the McNair staff, my cohort, and mentors; my audience is other community organizers, people who work with girls of color, and people who are invested in youth-adult partnerships. These people will have a special interest in my topic because of their…

Zora Neale Hurston

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

McNair Research Topic: Sisters in Action for Power & Youth-Adult Partnerships

When people in Portland ask me what I’m studying as the focus of my McNair research, I tell them this: I’m doing a case study of the non-profit organization, Sisters in Action for Power, and their TriMet campaign because I want to know how community organizing work and youth-adult partnerships affected the girls who participated in…

Ramblings on Y-APs, Black Feminist Thought & Legacy

From a writing prompt/free write where I listed questions related to my research and then looped back to respond to a few of them. It sort of reads as a stream of consciousness. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like inside my head…here’s a snapshot. Why should feminists care about youth-adult partnerships (Y-APs)?  Feminists should…

Audre Lorde

“and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid. so it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive.” Quote from Audre Lorde’s poem, “Litany for Survival,” found in her book, The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde.

Assata Shakur

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and protect each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” From her book, Assata: An Autobiography.

Toni Morrison

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.’ This is not just a grab-bag candy…